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The Structural Condition Of Collage In Architecture And Urbanism

J Garrett Martin


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It is my intention through this thesis to investigate the structural condition of collage as a cultur- ally relevant approach to understanding architectural meaning and designing architectural form within the context of the urban environment. Meaning in architecture, as it emerges both implicitly and explic- itly within the framework of this condition, will be analyzed as it relates to contemporary cultural and historical conditions.

In terms of process and product, collage is construed with meaning through juxtaposition and context. A collage does not convey an essential meaning, as its meaning arises through the deliberate techne – the act of its making, and not through reflection on any pre-existing qualities, as there are none. The whole of a collage does not merely encompass an accumulation of elements, but embraces a greater totality through a fragmentary synthesis. While synthesis denotes a constructive process, it also signi- fies a dialectic relation. The dialectic relation embodied in collage can be understood in terms of inclusivity and exclusivity of meaning.

The Structural Condition Of Collage In Architecture And Urbanism

J Garrett Martin


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