Posted by Jim on July 15, 2003 at 11:16:02:
In Reply to: Re: Can someone suggest a thesis topic and wipe my arse for me. posted by Den Perry on July 11, 2003 at 03:53:56:
Yes, it is sad that so many would-be architects can't find any thesis topic to interest them in a world as wide as architecture. It does demonstrate that what the schools churn out these days is anything but scholarly. Let's face it: most any slug who has put a pencil to paper in high school has thought that he could be the next 'star' of architecture by really copying what others have done before. True, it is difficult to ordain an entirely new form of architecture and have your fame and fortune assured, but if you can't even find enough of interest to think up a thesis topic, you shouldn't be in architecture!
ABOUT Den's humorous allusion to CLOCKS: Of course he was lampooning the idle efforts of so many architectural hacks, but there is actually the basis of a thesis there if one was considering ornate, EXTERIOR clocks, such as those animated ones famous in Europe and in some places in the States. Several movie palaces here from the 20s had elaborate animated clocks surmounting their facades, and there is even a web site devoted to photos of the restoration of one (look through the page THEATRE LINKS on the site: www.HistoricTheatres.org and you may find that site and others with photos of such 'clocks;' I believe it may have been the 'VALENCIA THEATRE.'
Horology, the study of time and clocks, has probably never been done as a thesis in regards to its significance to architecture. Here is a possible title with a double meaning: 'What Time Is It In Architecture?' Cathedrals were probably the first to mount clocks, then civic buildings. The pyramids are said to be situated to reflect celestial convergences, so is this a proteo 'clock' something like the sun dial? Thesis statement: "Time and its celestial basis have always figured in architecture." How?
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