The Gossamer Cloak

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Title: The Gossamer Cloak
Author: Fielder, Lisa Peyton
Advisor: Waldman, Peter
Degree: Master of Architecture thesis
Abstract: In order to abet the integration of the disparate cultural groups of an international preparatory school into a cohesive student body, an architect must initially discover some language common to all of the students. The language which is most easily understood by everyone is that of universal myth and archetype. The myth of initiation, from which the modern educational system is a direct descendant, includes a large set of architectural symbolisms which are common to all cultures, and which were originally derived from natural imagery. These symbols include immutable archetypal forms. Though the archetypes retain their ability to communicate with all mankind, the symbolic means by which they are commonly represented has been rendered ineffective by centuries of transmigration. In order to create a meaningful architecture for today, the architect must return to the mythical and natural origins of his art and draw from these a new means of representing the archetypes. Only by so doing can he gain the ability to instigate a universal dialogue.
Citation: Fielder, Lisa Peyton. (1991) "The Gossamer Cloak." Masters Thesis, Rice University.
Date: 1991

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