Architecture and Planning ETDs

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Architecture should be a physical response to the needs and requirements of human beings. It can enhance and compliment the functional, aesthetic and mental re­quirements for those it's intended to serve. This architectural response comes, usually, in answer to a philosophy or fulfills a method of purpose. This thesis is a study of educational philosophies and alternative educational philosophies for the future. A viable alternative for the future is chosen and applied to a prototypical architectural solution.

In this paper, research is done, to gather know­ledge of the background of various societies' attitudes toward education. This author studies what directions educational philosophies have taken, what is happening in education now and directions philosophies may take in the future. This information is acquired to give this author an overall historical view of the various directions of educational philosophies, movements and their applica­tion in society. This information gives a less reactionary framework toward a program for a more permanent, flexible architectural solution.

The direction offered by this author is toward a synaesthetic educational experience. This is one in which all the senses are accounted for in the educational process. The visual and the performing arts are the medium' of expression. This form of education offers many varied opportunities for the student to develop his own character and direction in line with what is best for him. This movement is in sharp contrast to the type of educa­tion offered today. This alternative is varied in answers and excitingly fresh and open.

After a study of the philosophy discussed above, is the development of a program for the prototypical design. This program is a study of the many aspects of the functional requirements of this school as well as the philosophical requirements. After much research and programming, the architectural answer takes form in model and drawings.

It is believed that from a study and involvement such as this, the architect will better understand and develop an architectural solution of usefulness and permanence as well as beauty. The architectural solution becomes a more humane solution and therefore a welcome asset to our society.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Robert Walters

Second Committee Member

Richardson Anderson

Third Committee Member

Anne Taylor

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