A. G.L.I.M.P.S.E; Ashland Great Lakes & Industrial Mining Pier & Shipping Exhibits
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This thesis project, ‘A GLIMPSE’, examines the question, how does the configuration and organization of elements in a space influence the engagements of its participants? The typology for examination of this problem is a history museum located in Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Superior. The Theoretical Premise/Unifying Idea that guides the research is, “by using elements both designed and in nature we can engage and evoke responses in a foreseen manner.” The Project Justification is, “Instead of relying solely on the usage of signage and advice from others to navigate and perceive architecture, the use of visual cues, created from natural and built elements, will influence the actions and engagement of each visitor.” The narrative describes the driving concept of the project, and asks “what causes us to react to these elements in such a predictable way?” The client for this project will be the state of Wisconsin, with everyone considered a user. The major elements included in the 310,935 square foot museum include: lobby/ commons area, exhibit halls, theater, café, gift shop, meeting areas, offices lease space, and museum storage. The project emphasis “will be placed on the use of natural and built elements to create sensual cues, whereas to influence its participants in or order to fashion an environment where senses are the main guiding factor”. Research for the project will be done in the areas of project typology, historical context, site analysis, and programmatic requirements, and will be documented in a thesis book which will be preserved in the architectural library and in the institutional repository.