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Title:Temperature and dynamic form in contemporary hardscape environments
Author(s):Stewart, Kevin A.
Advisor(s):Hays, David L.
Department / Program:Landscape Architecture
Discipline:Landscape Architecture
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Landscape Architecture
Environmental Design
Thermal Expansion
Material Properties
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Theater Square
Arab World Institute
Skate Park Design
Seattle Freeway Park
Thermal Actuation
Thermal Regulation
Building Technology
Abstract:This thesis explores how the property of thermal expansion in building materials can be leveraged to express seasonality in hardscape environmental design. Four contemporary designed landscapes (Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Theater Square, and Seattle Freeway Park) were selected for investigation on the basis of their predominant use of hardscape materials and perceived inability to express seasonality. Retrofit concepts were developed for each of those sites in accordance with the original intentions of its designer. Speculative applications for skate park design were then developed based on concepts that emerged from the first part of the design investigation, but ultimately not pursued as the main focus of this thesis. Instead, the south façade and plaza of Jean Nouvel’s Arab World Institute in Paris, France, was selected for a more intensive design-research process. Six resulting design scenarios suggest how both the modular façade and adjoining plaza could be retrofitted with hardscape building materials capable of responding to environmental temperature shifts.
Issue Date:2011-05-25
Rights Information:
Copyright 2011 Kevin A. Stewart
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-25
Date Deposited:2011-05

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