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    The Making of a Schedule of Duties and Cleaning Directions for the Janitresses of Herrick Hall
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Education, Health, & Human Development., 1932) Lammers, Eunice Henrietta Campbell
    Herrick Hall, commonly known as the Women's Building, at Montana State College in Bozeman, Montana was built in 1926. This is a class room building which houses the Applied Art and Home Economics Departments, also the Home Economics Experiment Station, and the office of the Dean of Women. The Fireplace Room in the Home Economics Department is used for many general campus social functions since there is no place provided on this campus for social life. Designed primarily for women, painted woodwork was used and this together with curtains and other furnishings used throughout, give quite a different atmosphere and effect from the ordinary class room building.
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    The impact of cultural and linguistic differences on Quebec's financial and political institutions
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, Honors College, 2022) Lever, Beatrix Morgan; Chairperson, Graduate Committee: Sara Rushing
    There is a long-standing cultural clash embedded into Canadian society, which has caused Quebec to be its own socio-political entity, meaning a body that is distinguished from the rest of Canada with regard to social and political factors. The tension caused by linguistic distinctions, as well as the financial strength of Quebec, has led to a desire on the part of nationalists to become an independent state. French-speaking Canadians are often subject to social sanctions, such as being ridiculed for their accents and accusations of being separatists, due to their assumed connection to Quebec. This phenomenon further exacerbates the province's nationalist tendencies, which are heavily reflected in its financial policies and artist community. The goal is to understand Quebec's contemporary political and financial relationship with the rest of Canada. The focus of this research is on the impact of cultural differences resulting from the historical context upon which Quebec was founded.
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    A central business district community center for Livingston, Montana
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1987) Rothing, Carita A.; Chairperson, Graduate Committee: Robert T. Meeker
    James Barker states in his book 'Small Town as an Art Object' that "for a long time it has been said that a small town is a good place to be from, but now for the first time the serious question is being raised as to whether or not the small town might not be a good place to go." In fact, the population polls done in 1980 have indicated that "for the first time in our nation's history more people are moving away from cities and their established suburbs than are moving to them." The first purpose of this thesis is to define who is migrating to small towns and why they are migrating. Secondly, I plan to deal with Livingston, Montana and how it, as a small town, could benefit from this population shift. And thirdly, I will propose a facility which will adapt this agrarian focused community to the needs and demands of its current and future population.
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    Butte, Montana central business district redevelopment
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1986) Murray, Marcus P.; Chairperson, Graduate Committee: Robert T. Meeker
    The overall objective of this Thesis is to provide in the C. B. D. an activity center which serves to reinforce existing nuclear facilities, as well as to bring increased activity to the entire C. B. D. It is hoped that if this activity center is successful, it will lead to a phased redevelopment, over time, of the entire C. B. D., as Butte' s economy and population grow.
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    Study of M.C. Escher
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1985) Axford, Robert; Chairperson, Graduate Committee: Clark Llewellyn
    This thesis has been set up according to the following premises. The project has been initiated by a wealthy benefactor through the M.C. Escher Foundation, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands. In recognition of his appreciation for the delight and inspiration which Escher has given him, this benefactor has agreed to fund a project, the intent of which is to: 1. Gain insight into M.C. Escher's character and art works. 2. Using the three hundred block of the Eighth Avenue Mall in Calgary, Alberta, redesign the mall based on the analysis of M.C. Escher's character and art works. The design should be considered an opportunity to create an "architectural playground."
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    Portland Conservatory of Music
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1988) Olinger, Michael J.
    Music and architecture are the two Arts that we come in contact with most in our lives. Through the mass media, music infiltrates our conscious and subconscious almost every waking hour: muzak, advertisement jingles, and even the Evening News has a theme song. The built environment surrounds us to an even greater extent in its fulfillment of the basic human need of shelter. It would seem then that music, literature, painting and drama as well, are superfulous to mankind's existence because their raison d'etre is not procreative in nature. But these Arts have flourished along with architecture; they are all integral pieces of what we consider culture. The thread that binds music and architecture must be deeper than a functional need, since caves and tepees provided shelter long before Architecture did and music supposedly has no functional purpose. To explore these links in the specific realms of music and architecture I asked three questions: Why? What? and How?
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    A congregate housing facility for the elderly
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1983) Architecture 354, Design Studio [class], Montana State University ; professor, Christian Bergum.
    The focus of this project is a housing facility design for the elderly, who, because of illness, fear of living alone, or inability to take care of themselves, seek protection, in congregate living. Congregate living for the elderly means simply that a group of unrelated elderly people come together to live in the same place considered "home". Home means many things to many people but one requirement most everyone would agree upon is as Webester says, "relaxed and comfortable", you know you belong. It is not so strange to think of such a home as an institution whose primary concern is to provide shelter and, unfortunatly, a very static way of living. Therefore, congregate living encourages an environment where the older person, IS a person, with wants and needs that deserve respect and special attention; to combine social, physical and human activities according to each person; the home should stimulate and relieve bordom through useful activity. A consideration that should be emphasised is that the home make an effort to fit its accommodations to the individual rather than having the individual make adjustments to the rules and regulations of the home.
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    Seattle's homeless : the Belltown Cafe & Shelter
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1988) Johnson, Shawn L.
    This study represents an exploration of current homeless issues, the crisis across the nation. It addresses the contemporary social and architectural theories, case studies, and resultant precedents. This will culminate with a specific focus on Seattle, Washington's homeless issues and demographics. Finally, the accumulated data will find expression through the design of an emergency shelter/commercial "soup kitchen" in Seattle's Belltown area. For, "at one time or another, most homeless must rely on shelter providers and soup kitchen operators." This study represents a small part of a greater process to "propagate and deepen awareness, an awareness which, when carried to its inevitable conclusion, will result in the elimination of homelessness." I hope to further broaden the dialogue on housing the homeless. For, inevitably, "the epidemic of homelessness is growing far faster than the remedies." "Quality shelter must be provided. Who more than architects should be concerned and involved in the creation of shelter?" It has been documented that "Whenever decent, humane shelter has been made available, willing recipients have made ready use of it."
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    Urban supermarket
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1990) Brown, Michael Charles; Chairperson, Graduate Committee: Pamela Jean Bancroft
    For my thesis I have chosen to design a new archetype; the urban supermarket. The supermarkets we shop in today are mere variations on a theme; large warehouses with a decorated facade and superimposed graphics designating one not so clearly defined department from the other. It is my intention to restructure this theme by rearranging the format and placing it in an urban context. I have recently become aware of the need to provide food stores for the increasing number of people who are returning to the downtown areas to take up residency. The small corner grocery store is no longer adequate for the hundreds of people now living in high-rise apartment complexes. It is my hope that this thesis project will begin to show what can be done to solve this need.
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    Beyond shelter : a theoretical approach to housing design
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1990) Downhour, Jeffery Robert; Chairperson, Graduate Committee: Ralph Johnson
    The goal of this thesis is to create a housing complex suitable for all people through the integration of an existential space theory with the realities of shelter, house, and dwelling.
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    Olympic Plaza
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1986) Cojocar, Michael David; Chairperson, Graduate Committee: Peter C. Kommers
    Purpose: To design an urban centre for Calgary that: (1) acts year-round as the heart of the civic area of the downtown. (2) acts as the centre for outdoor festivities during the XV Winter Olympic Games, February 13 to 28, 1988, as well as the location for the nightly medal presentations. (3) acts as a setting for and interacts with, both visually and functionally, the adjacent significant public institutions: the City Hall, the Municipal Building and the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts Focus: Quite obviously, the focus of this project is on urban space and, more specifically, on urban space in downtown Calgary. The functional requirements of the project have been drawn from the brief program issued by the City of Calgary for Olympic Plaza and expanded, both to address the addition of the Dominion Bank Building to the problem and to explore a full range of activities to enliven the plaza, into a full program document. The spatial problems associated with locating a plaza on a block which had been previously built-up, as well as other site conditions, are examined in a comprehensive urban analysis. These two sections, when combined with an image study of the adjacent buildings, should address the issues of this project which are specific to Calgary. However, on a more elementary level, this project deals with the three most basic constituents of urban form/space: the street, the square and the building as it relates to open urban space.
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    Commercial Broadcasting Center : Missoula, Montana
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1986) Means, Kent A.
    Can you take an art piece which is seemingly unrelated to the function of a particular building and make that building retain the inherent qualities of the original art? Can you make a piece of art into architecture? Will the art which is translated into archictecture be aribtrary and therefore invalid. These are all questions which were the basis for this thesis. These questions led me on an exploration to gain insights but not necesarily answers. I set out to create compositions which were derived from the function but did not have any of the restrictions which 'make things work.' The result of this was a singular image related to the function. This point was critical in the process. The image was what I had originally been striving for, but at this point I realized it was lacking something. What I had created was the honest, open, rational expression of the function. It seemed what I had created was a 'modern' image.
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    A theater arts center for Bozeman, Montana
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Professional Schools, 1969) Brenner, Charles F.
    In consideration of the disadvantages of a poor location and also the fact that the Loft Theater has had many successful summer theater performances, a new theater may be built for permanent housing. The theater will remain small and intimate, for this is one of the real attractions of this theater. It must however, satisfy the conditions that the present theater does not. The new theater must contain good lighting facilities, it must have good sound control, and it must be located so as to be a good advertisement of itself. The live theater in Bozeman does not play each weekend or even every month of the year. When it is playing, it holds only a very few performances. The winter theater has only three performances each week. To heat and operate a building for these few performances costs money. In an attempt to balance these costs and also to boost the financial standing, two other functions will be designed into the building. The theater will also be a place for movies and a place for display of art.
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    A city administration building for Helena, Montana
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Professional Schools, 1969) Brown, James Bradford
    I propose that the City of Helena, in conjunction with the Model Cities program, (a federally funded program to reconstruct and renew decadent or decaying towns), build a new City Administrative Building ideally located to serve the expansion of Helena efficiently, and large enough to house the added personnel needed to administer the growing city. The proposed building would be designed to house the city offices, police department, city jail, and the fire department. Some of the Lewis and Clark County offices will also be included in this proposal.
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    Humanization of living environments ; study of materials and detailing
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Arts & Architecture, 1978) Constenius, John Lee; Chairperson, Graduate Committee: Francis S. Woods
    My thesis statement is a verbal confirmation of my hope for a better, more humane architecture. It reads as follows: Industrially produced materials, as they are presently being used, deprive the human senses and spirit of the variety of experience so necessary for man's existence. I believe that the qualities inherent in these materials can be used to provide a richness, a purity, and a vitality that will replenish our sensory enthusiasm.
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    A printing plant for Bozeman, Montana
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Professional Schools, 1968) Ellig, William D.
    In 1950 Bob and Harry Duntsch opened the Artcraft Printing plant in its present building at 241 East Main Street. When they first opened their shop they produced a weekly newspaper and they also did commercial printing. Several years later the Duntsch brothers sold the weekly newspaper to the Gallatin County Tribune. Since then Artcraft Printers have done only commercial printing. In 1962 Bob Graff joined the firm as a partner. In 1968 Harry Duntsch sold his share of the business to Bob Graff and Bob Duntsch. At the present, the firm has twenty-eight employees. A lack of floor space is the basic condition creating a need for a new building for Artcraft Printers, in Bozeman, Montana.
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    Images of pregnancy and birth in western painting
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Art & Architecture, 1999) Johnson, Libby
    Rather than a survey of the entire history of the subject, I will focus on images of pregnancy and birth from the Renaissance to modem times. My goal is to study the symbolism of images of pregnancy in western painting. Some questions I hope to answer are: Is the symbolism of such paintings always the same or do they portray different meanings? What role do the images play in society? How have such images changed (or not) over time? I believe that art reflects the views and values of the society that produces it and that art therefore can be used as a sociological or anthropological tool. What do artist's depictions tell us of how pregnancy and birth were viewed in Renaissance society and how they are viewed in contemporary society?
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    Montana State correctional institution
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, 1976) Whaley, James Clark
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    Metamorphisis
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, 1976) Lane, Douglas A.
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    An alternate way
    (Montana State University - Bozeman, 1981) Hillman, Richard
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