Crash motel, perception and process: Machines for people who still walk
Satterfield, Blair Harold
Master of Architecture
"The Machine has not divorced us from nature. By means of the machine, we have discovered a new, previously unanticipated feature of nature."$\sp1$ Human Beings are divine because they participate in the movements of the world. This was the belief of the medieval person. It was around the time of the industrial revolution that this perception and understanding began to change. The universe was no longer centered on the earth. Humans ceased to be the image of the divine. The machine as an extension of the human being became the machine as an improvement on and subsequently a surrogate for human beings. This thesis investigates the physical machine (vehicle) and its effects on our understanding of space, place, body and relationship. Can the machine foster a new architectural awareness and understanding? An awareness that is lost? What are the ramifications of living in a machine (car) city? What new possibilities are presented? ftn$\sp1$El Lissitzky, Russia: An Architecture for World Revolution (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1970), p. 141.