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Japanese Timer Frame Methodology: Alternative Solutions to Hawaii's Built Environment

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Title: Japanese Timer Frame Methodology: Alternative Solutions to Hawaii's Built Environment
Authors: Yen, David
Advisor: Sarvimaki, Marja
Issue Date: May 2012
Abstract: This study EXAMINES the historical development of the Japanese tradition of wood-based residential architecture from its prehistoric beginnings up until of the end of the Edo period (1600 – 1868). It starts with a brief look into the history of traditional Japanese architecture, beginning with the construction of early dwelling housetypes developed during the early period of Japanese antiquity. This period dates back to pre-Buddhist influence and is followed by the buildings developed post Buddhist era, which includes Buddhist temples and temple complexes, Shinto shrines, and palace complexes. The historic summary culminates with the final development of the shoin style residence, which reached its final stage of development during the Edo period, and of which is the main design influence to this research document. The OBJECTIVE is to develop a background understanding of the history of traditional Japanese architecture, particularly its wood joinery component, and how it affected the evolution and development of the design features of the Edo period Japanese house. The FOCUS of the study is to look at the distinct architectural features that characterize the shoin style and make this type of residential architecture unique to Japan, such as its modular system of measure and construction, the application of a wood joinery method of construction, its flexible and multi-functional spatial layout, built in furnishings, and the buildings architectural relationship between interior and exterior environments. The GOAL is to primarily develop an understanding of the architectural qualities that are distinct to Japanese residential architecture and to apply some of the things learned to enhance contemporary wood-based building design and residential living in Oahu, in an effort to ensure the preservation and continuation of the knowledge of this form of construction methodology. The goal is to also look at alternative methods of wood-based construction and the use of reclaimed building materials local to Oahu that may be applicable when considering the traditional Japanese building methodology.
Pages/Duration: 154 pages
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