Terra Firma: Post Superficies: Alteration of the Surfaces

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dc.contributor.author Jenkins, Nate
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-24T18:43:33Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-24T18:43:33Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10429/636
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an exploration of how to alter the human perception of the underground, while blurring our orientation to the “Surface”. The general lack of sensitivity exercised for designing spaces below the surface has helped factor into a skewed interpretation of what subterranean architecture could be. By looking at the existing condition of a site, a sensitive design will start to form based on the layers of information extracted to the specific location. The basis of design should infuse a direct connection to the surrounding context while looking at the appropriate connection to the future. The approach of design regarding the surface begins to create an experiential phenomenon which blurs the perception of being underground, in the ground, and above ground. Through the manipulation of the surface by variations in penetrations, materiality, and organization of space, a harmonizing dichotomy is developed between above and below. The under utilization of the subterranean has resulted in a desensitization of experience below the surface. Over time the underground has become re-purposed as a means of last resort. The neglect of design has altered the perception one inhibits when underground because of the lack in care provided by the design. People inherently associate the underground as the dark, damp, and dangerous. This perception has the ability to implement new design solutions to enhance the experiences below the surface. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Subterranean, Surface, Cincinnati, Nonvehicular, Underground, Chthonic en_US
dc.title Terra Firma: Post Superficies: Alteration of the Surfaces en_US
dc.title.alternative Subterranean en_US
dc.type Book en_US

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