Boston, educational facility, South End Historical Society
Architectural History and Criticism | Architecture
In addition to responding to its immediate physical context, architectural form has the capacity to reveal and celebrate history, promoting an understanding of the relationship of site and region to historic conditions no longer in their original form. Within the built environment, architecture has an inherent ability to influence the experience and perception of historical relationships. This can be achieved through prescribed interactions with the constructed form, beginning before one enters the building, and continuing through the program. The exterior begins to engage the visitor through both site and facade. The building itself, as well as its response to physical and historical context, may actively participate in the experience and the intended perception of the visitor. As one enters the building, interactions within the program continue to enhance the experience, making the visitor more acutely aware of the disparate elements and conditions of past and present.
This thesis contends that architecture can act as a unifier and agent of interaction by conveying historical conditions within a modern context, through which teh awareness of historical relationships occurs. Through this thesis, the intention will be to investigate how history can be revealed through architectural form and one's perception of the juxtaposition of past and present.
Cookman, Maggie L., "Unearthing Threshold" (2004). Architecture Senior Theses. Paper 36.