An architecture thesis : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)]

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dc.contributor.advisor Palmer, Alvin E., 1935- en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Wyman, John E. Mouzon, Susan E. en_US 2011-06-06T19:14:12Z 2011-06-06T19:14:12Z 1985 en_US 1985
dc.identifier.other A-55 en_US
dc.description.abstract There is a potential hazard in the architectural profession of becoming more concerned with personal achievements than with the well-being of the user. The architect, as with any artist, may easily become egomanical in the creation of his work. If the architect feels gratification and self-esteem through the achievement of an architecture which recognizes and responds to the needs of the participant, the ego can be a positive driving force in his work. However, the self-aggrandisement of the designer as a primary objective cannot be a part of humane architecture.This thesis began with the goal of producing an ego-less architecture, an architecture concerned primarily with the psychological and physical well-being of the user. Over the course of the year I realized I was relying on my own intuitions and emotions rather than those of the participants because I had infrequent access to them and their reactions. Finding the design capturing the spirit of North Alabama and Paint Rock, this realization was disconcerting. Designing from my experience as a Southerner rather than that of the user's was apparently a contradiction to my thesis. Upon reflection, I realized it was this shared experience that gave life to the design. Empathy with the participant is necessary, but for a design to possess vitality and excitement, the designer must give a part of herself to it. Trying to design only for the user, without self-actualization, would rob the design of the delight which comes from making it a part of oneself. Thus, rather than proving a thesis, this is the documentation of the evolution of a thesis. Beginning the year with the goal of immersing myself in the experience of the participant, I discovered the excitement of participating myself. The realization of this shared experience between myself and the people of Paint Rock is by far a richer design than one lacking the inclusion of the designer.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.format.extent 1 v. : ill. ; 29 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.title An architecture thesis : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)] en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis Thesis (B.?.)
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  • Undergraduate Honors Theses [5947]
    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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