Depth of permanence : conviction towards permanence value design philosophy
Remark, Robert James
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This thesis provides an account of the degrading values present in the current (twenty-first century) design of the built environment, and proposes an ideology and objective end goal methodology for the re-evaluation and re-administration of critical values for the future design of architecture. Focused around the core value of permanence --a value which proves to structure other architectural values, this thesis's proposes: permanence value design philosophy. In short permanence value design philosophy refers to a means to grasp and provide conviction towards permanence and the qualities present in the design of architecture that is recognized for attaining a "timeless" nature which continues to endure permanently either in its built physical presence or in the reminiscent minds and archived resources of history. The establishment of this philosophy and the objective methodology is put forward to provoke and exemplify the necessity for convicted, innovative, intelligent design approaches for the rehabilitation and future development of the built environment. As a test for the ideology, this thesis provides precedent studies representing past and present examples of highly innovated projects; analyzed as either already of a permanent quality or as executing design intelligence and construction practices in line with achieving permanent quality. As a final test of the ideology, and re-evaluation for the objective methodology, this thesis proposes a program and project design for a new library/learning center extension from the already existing Renne Library located on the campus of Montana State University. The design of a new quasi library/learning center has been chosen as the design problem for testing this methodology because of the current change and redefinition that both of these institutions (traditional libraries and universities) are presently experiencing. As a result of the project design and program development adaptations to the permanence value design methodology have been included, and a focus on four separate objectives have been realized as being critical values for permanent minded design.