Transparency and learning spaces

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Title: Transparency and learning spaces
Author: Finau, Emily
Abstract: This thesis explores the various meanings and implications of transparency in architecture and in learning environments in particular. Architectural transparency, achieved through choice of materials and principles of formal composition, creates a diversity of relationships and can facilitate visual, conceptual, and functional clarity as well as offering simultaneous perception of different spaces. It offers a range of phenomenological qualities and so provides an opportunity to explore and complicate such dichotomies as translucency and opacity, openness and closure, and public space and private space. While celebrated throughout modern and contemporary architecture, transparency raises issues of privacy and safety even as it breaks down hierarchies and social boundaries. The research-based design of transparency in a school building necessitates careful planning to achieve a balance between the access to views, natural light, fresh air, and social interaction that transparency may bring and the continuing obligation to provide a safe, secure environment for schoolchildren.
Type: Thesis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/39593
Date: 2011-04-08
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Design
Expanded meshes
Metal fabrics
Netherlands Embassy in Berlin
Polycarbonate
Multi-cinema
Rotterdam
Koen van Velsen
School size
Phoenix Union Bioscience High School
Oslo International School
Betty H. Fairfax High School
Blythewood High School
Diaphanous metals
Fabric
Aerogel
Schematic
Spatial projection
Classroom design
Patterned carpet
Carpet floor plan
Rem Koolhaas
OMA
Plastic
Glass
Transparent materials
School program
School design
Security
Transparent security
Two-way
One-way
Health
Safety
Activity levels
Hormone patterns
Attendance
Visual
Surface
Phenomenal
Learning environment
Classroom
Daylighting
Ventilation
School
High school
Small school
Small school initiative
Small learning community
High school transformation
Therrell High School
Atlanta Public Schools
Teen depression
Blood pressure
Transparency in architecture
School facilities
Department: Architecture
Advisor: Committee Chair: Dr. Laura Hollengreen; Committee Co-Chair: Daniel Baerlecken; Committee Member: Minjung Maing
Degree: M.S.

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