The concept of space as seen in Japanese horizontal architecture and in Roman vaulted architecture

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Elizabeth C. Helsing (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The articulation of space by man is the essence of architecture. In the creation of an architectural form, space must be modified, broken up, the result an interior area distinct from the surrounding exterior. The horizontal form found in traditional Japanese house construction and the development of the vault in the first and second centuries of the Roman Empire are indicative of two approaches to the creation of an interior space in which man can move and function. In each case the space which has been created is flexible, encouraging the imaginative use of forms and arrangements; yet binding the construction into a co-ordinated, comprehensive whole. The Japanese house is built around the arrangement of the tatami^ or floor mat.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1967

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