Architecture & Temporality

Emily Hagen
ARCH 4515/16: Undergraduate Thesis
Virginia Tech
Fall 2013 & Spring 2014

This thesis is a study of temporality and its relationship with architecture through chronos and kairos time. Chronos is a measured time, while kairos is a subjective time that is dependent on intersection of events.

On a Christmas tree farm, three buildings are designed for differences in permanence within the eleven-year cycle of farming: House for the Tractor, House for the Farmer, and Shed for the Visitor. Architecture relates function to permanence. The cycle of Christmas trees suggests temporal connections between inhabitants and the farming cycle. The thesis questions how architecture exists in a place in which nothing is permanent and yet nothing is temporary.

- Emily Hagen