The Ulrich house : a brief analysis of a creative project and sketches

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Frances Gery (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Edward Lowenstein

Abstract: In the field of architecture there are various existing philosophies of design, representing many diverging points of viev. Despite certain basic differences, however, the individual approaches overlap in some areas, and for purposes of classification, can be divided into three essentially dissimilar categories. The first supports the theory of organic architecture, maintaining that a structure, although man-made, Is nevertheless a part of nature and should be treated as such. The completed edifice, theoretically, will be In complete harmony with its geographic surroundings, and while It will be unobtrusive, it will have presence, its greatness coming through its close relation to nature. The structuralists, on the contrary, view the building as a separate entity, man-made, attached to the site but not an integral part of nature. This is borne out by their works, whose simplicity occasionally borders on starkness and whose smooth facades are often emphasized by the use of wide expanses of steel and glass composed in carefully disciplined patterns. Such a structure gains distinction through its honest admission of its true character.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1962

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