Doctoral thesis OPEN
Dulaney, Ronald E. Jr. (1997)
  • Publisher: Virginia Tech
  • Subject: architecture | building | library | book | body | LD5655.V855 1997.D853

This study began with the desire to design a public town library of the future and became a search for an inkling of what is essential to Architecture. It is murky and full of contradictions. It asks more than it proposes, and the traces of its windings are better ordered through collage than logical synthesis. This study is neither a thesis nor a synthesis. When drawing out the measure of this study it may be beneficial to state what it attempts to place at the perimeter. Architecture is not a product of society, civilization, or economy. Architecture is not democratic, and it cannot be brought forward in the public realm. Architecture is not a private affair. Architecture is not space, and it is not building. This study does attempt to hold that Architecture is founded in speech and gesture which originate in culture. As 'constructions' (construings), Architecture and the book share with the body the potential for utterance. The library is the coincidence of Architecture, the book, and the body.
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