A comparative analysis of two contemporary positions : toward a design strategy
Gendler, Steven Harris
Cannedy, William T.
Master of Architecture
The intention of this thesis has evolved subtly, but significantly over the course of the semester. In its initial state, the thesis proposed to establish rule structures for neo-rationalism and post-modernism, and subsequently test the validity of each with a design problem. Because of discrepancies between architects within these positions it was felt that a proponent of each should be selected for analysis. At that point both the worthiness of defining a rule structure for an individual as well as the merit of delving into two discrete experiments was questioned. Currently, the thesis is designed to isolate the virtuous characteristics of neo-rationalism and post-modernism and posit a method by which these characteristics might be realized in a single design solution. In order to achieve this, a procedure will be undertaken that: 1) establishes history as the repository of architectural language; 2) demonstrates how this language is expressed through architectural types; 3) relates type to both the work of two proponents of the positions as well as the design problem at hand and ultimately; 4) describes a theoretical means by which to approach the imminent design phase. It should be emphasized that buildings are essential to this investigation because, as any word or product of culture, they are full of intention and meaning. It is hoped that this thesis presents a framework through which to discover a definable design technique that embraces both the poetic and functional essence of architecture.