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dc.contributor.advisor Finley, Dawn
dc.creatorNeal, Riley
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-16T16:02:33Z
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-16T16:02:54Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-16T16:02:33Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-16T16:02:54Z
dc.date.created 2013-05
dc.date.issued 2013-09-16
dc.date.submitted May 2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/72011
dc.description.abstract Sited prominently in midtown Houston, XS Elementary explores eccentricity as a new spatial and graphic model for the public elementary school in order to reconfigure the structure of the learning and urban environment, establishing flexibility through architectural specificity and formal affect. The project draws from the legacy of mat buildings, employing a dense unit-based framework that is both rationally systematic and embedded with pockets of productively discontinuous eccentric spaces. These auxiliary learning spaces expand education beyond the generic classroom and into an interconnected spatial sequence. Graphic and spatial techniques of jitter, shift, and overprinting reveal, generate, and reinforce moments of internal eccentricity, embuing an internal urbanity to the school and allowing the city to penetrate the institution. By engaging longstanding disciplinary efforts to design learning environments suitable to our time, this thesis confronts today’s electronic delivery methods and emphasis on efficient standardization, asserting that spatial, graphic, and urban play (the slightly off, odd, and peculiar in the face of standardization) is the avenue through which Architecture can exercise innovative and dynamic design, moving beyond the banal mediocrity of design for specialized efficiency’s sake.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectArchitectural eccentricity
Graphic urbanism
Architectural play
Internal urbanism
School architecture
Spatial systems
dc.title XS Elementary: A Space for Eccentricity
dc.contributor.committeeMember Colman, Scott
dc.contributor.committeeMember Wittenberg, Gordon
dc.date.updated 2013-09-16T16:02:54Z
dc.identifier.slug 123456789/ETD-2013-05-473
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
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 Neal, Riley. "XS Elementary: A Space for Eccentricity." (2013) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/72011.


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