Adapting Modern Architecture to a Local Context A Grammar for Hajjar’s Hybrid Domestic Architecture

Mahyar Hadighi, Jose Duarte

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to analyze Abraham William Hajjar's single-family houses in State College, PA, using shape grammar as a computational design methodology. Hajjar was a member of the architecture faculty at the Pennsylvania State College (now The Pennsylvania State University), a practitioner in State College, and an influential figure in the history of architecture in the area. In this study, shape grammars are used specifically to verify and describe influences of modern architecture, as defined by Hitchcock and Johnson (1932), and influences of local traditional American architecture on Hajjar's domestic architecture. The underlying hypothesis is that Hajjar's work is the result of a hybridity phenomenon that can be traced through a computational design methodology. The first step in this endeavor and the study focus is to establish Hajjar's single-family architectural language. Future work will be concerned with verifying and describing the hybridity between modern architecture and traditional architecture expressed in Hajjar's work by comparing his grammar with grammars underlying modern and traditional architecture likewise.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing for a better tomorrow
EditorsAnetta Kepczynska-Walczak, Sebastian Bialkowski
PublisherEducation and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Pages515-524
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789491207167
StatePublished - 2018
Event36th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2018 - Łódź, Poland
Duration: Sep 19 2018Sep 21 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe
Volume2
ISSN (Print)2684-1843

Conference

Conference36th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, eCAADe 2018
Country/TerritoryPoland
CityŁódź
Period09/19/1809/21/18

Keywords

  • American architecture
  • William Hajjar
  • hybridity
  • modern architecture
  • shape grammar
  • single-family houses

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