Architecture and Planning ETDs

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Thesis consists of two parts, each representing a different process: (1) development of a building program for use by the City of Albuquerque and (2) development of an architectural design on the basis of that program.

Part one of the thesis first examines, under the heading “Background,” the problems of elderly persons and presents the rationale for construction of a centralized service facility. Next, under “Goals,” are discussed the general social purposes, specific functional objectives, aesthetic aims, and practical constraints of the building program. The following section, “Site,” describes the building site already chosen by the city and points out the problem presented by its location in a 100-year plain. There follows, under “User Characteristics,” a discussion of physical and mental attributes of the aging and aged people the center is to serve. Next, the section “Requirements of an Environment for the Elderly” presents specific means of enhancing the safety, convenience, and comfort of facilities intended particularly for this segment of the population; this section considers accessibility, conveniences, circulation, temperature control, lighting, acoustics, and furniture. “Facilities Required by this Project” follows with a room-by-room statement of the spaces and facilities required to meet the various objectives of the program; this section concludes with diagrams indicating the relationships that should exist between the spaces serving different functions. Next, under “Budget, is a generalized breakdown of estimated project costs with a proposed allowance for building construction. Part one concludes the presentation of the building program with a general statement of the design problem.

Part two presents a design intended to meet the objectives and constraints of the program. Here it should be pointed out that the thesis design is not related to the design concurrently developed by an architectural firm in accordance with the program of part one, which was used by the City of Albuquerque to guide the actual project, but is an independent attempt to achieve the same objectives. Part Two consists of a discussion and evaluation of the design process and its objectives as well as a set of architectural drawings. Schematic design drawings and design development are included.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Richard Staab Nordhaus

Second Committee Member

Robert Carl Cohlmeyer

Third Committee Member

Robert Carlton Walters

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