Abstract (Summary)
The Marin Headlands, a series of coastal hills, capes, cliffs, coves, and beaches shaping the northern edge of the entrance to San Francisco Bay, form a landscape woven in a series of transformations. Formerly Indian territory, then a single ranchero, on to dairy farms and military fortifications, they are now public lands: a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Where previous programs have been rendered obsolete by time, the area is now home to the Headlands Center for the Arts, alive again with spirit, patrons, and visitors in search of new understanding and vision. A new Center for the Arts is proposed on location. One that encompasses the expanding needs of the art community, serves as inspiration fostering insight and a search for truth, and is tightly bound to the essence, context, and history of the site, program, and the arts. With perception as a focus, this new complex will bring to light an understanding of the dynamism of light and shadow and their ever-changing qualities and nuances - elements that change as fast as time itself. There is no light without shadow, and the interaction of these two unequal brother possess an ability to create, transform, reverse, stretch, distort, signify, dim, focus, diffuse, scatter, and bring into existence elements beyond their immediate presence. They open up a world of experience unique to each individual and moment in time – continuous dimensions of space always reactive and changing. Evoking exclusive emotions in each individual, stirring the soul and nourishing the human spirit, light and shadow hold a rich and diverse presence everyone is part of. Following the statement of Kahn in his design of the Kimbell, β€œIt is light the painter used to paint his painting,” it is proposed that light and shadow used as material can create an architecture focused toward experience.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:light shadow human experience


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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