Numinous space: towards an architecture of contemplation
Helm, William Carrie, II
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An investigation into transcendental space through the engagement of natural phenomena. The investigation utilizes a site located between the major cities of El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces in southern New Mexico. Site observations were gathered in an analytical exercise which included the construction and habitation of a primitive hut on the site for this purpose. The design proposes a series of insertions into the landscape which act as metaphoric view cameras. These conceptual studies, first studied in cast hydro-cal, were further developed into a final proposal which was rendered as a one-sixteenth inch scale site model. This performative study and presentation model integrated traditional materials fabrication with the use of digital fabrication technology. The thesis concludes that the architect can sacralize a location by gathering sensory impressions that are individual and meaningful to a location, and concretizing those impressions into design solutions---thereby making it a space of contemplation.* *This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following system requirements: QuickTime.