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dc.contributor.advisor Sherman, William
dc.creatorBreshears, John Edward
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:39:17Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:39:17Z
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/13698
dc.description.abstract The tools we choose to perform a given task affect not only the result of the task but also how it is conceived. An examination of tools, tasks, and interdisciplinary technology transfer suggests that new ways of thinking, rather than increased efficiency, are the primary means of technological advancement. The history of the relationship of the human body to architecture can be seen as a progression from embodiment to projection to a new paradigm of extension, or prosthesis. These ideas, together with surveys of bridge types and prosthetic technology, lead to the design of a pedestrian bridge linking two existing buildings. The bridge is conceived and designed using the tools of medical prosthetics and orthotics. Human and animal vertebrae suggest structural principles from which a light-weight, articulated bridge form is developed to satisfy the requisite conditions.
dc.format.extent 115 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectArchitecture
Civil engineering
Anatomy
dc.title Tools and technology, body and world: An exploration of technology transfer
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Architecture
thesis.degree.discipline Architecture
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Architecture
dc.identifier.citation Breshears, John Edward. "Tools and technology, body and world: An exploration of technology transfer." (1993) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/13698.


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