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Renovation And Revolution: A Cultural History Of Homes In Virginia, Megan White Jan 2013

Renovation And Revolution: A Cultural History Of Homes In Virginia, Megan White

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RENOVATION AND REVOLUTION: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF HOMES IN VIRGINIA

Renovation and Revolution is the first half of a book length series of linked essays exploring the history of houses in Virginia from 1607 to the present. Readers travel through the American Indian town of Paspahegh, models of waddle and daub houses excavated at James Town, Appalachian cabins, freed slave refugee camps, manor houses shipped from England, low-income garden apartments, a sprawling commune, abandoned college dorms modeled after world's fair designs, and much more. This tour ultimately guides readers to a better understanding of what it means to be ...


Emergent Morphogenetic Design Strategies, Dawn Gunter May 2010

Emergent Morphogenetic Design Strategies, Dawn Gunter

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Emergent morphogenetic designs provide a superior architectural response to programmatic, technical, structural, environmental and spatial requirements that conventional unit based architectural forms are too inflexible to fully address.

Architecture has reached an exciting stage in its development, where structures are attempting to behave more like nature, which does not function as a static state, but as a complex grouping of symbiotic processes which are constantly evolving to adapt to environmental changes.

Digital fabrication and materials engineering have promoted an explosion in formal architectural typologies. By utilizing these digital tools and enhanced materials to embrace a morphogenetic design strategy, architecture can ...


A Prototypical Computer Museum, Eric Otto Ryder Jan 2001

A Prototypical Computer Museum, Eric Otto Ryder

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Civilization seems barely able to keep up with the new information technology. Therefore, I propose a place where the technologies of the future may be interacted with like the comfortable knowledge of the past. I propose a place where technology may be interacted on as in the realm of the past with the doors of the future ahead. The Museum of Science and Industry, where the grasp of our technological history is displayed, would be an ideal site for the creation of a Prototypical Computer Museum. With its close proximity to the University of South Florida, resources and participants would ...