Architectural Phenomenology: Towards a Design Methodology of Person and Place

by VonderBrink, David Thomas

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis document investigates the philosophical movement of phenomenology and its implications in forming an architectural design methodology. The writings of such existential philosophers and authors as Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Christian Norberg-Schulz are discussed. To position the argument within a current dialectically opposing discourse, the deconstructivist writings of Jacques Derrida and his influence on the architecture of Bernard Tschumi and Peter Eisenman are explored. Steven Holl’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies illustrate a phenomenological approach in design through a foundation in the writings of the aforementioned authors. Through these examinations a design methodology that seeks to express the interdependent relationship between person and place is formulated. This methodology is then tested in the design of a large residential and pedestrian path sited in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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