The Temple of Self
A temple and city exploring [dys]utopian Objectivism in spatial relationships.
by Leigh Hilton
Masters thesis for M.Arch degree at The Savannah College of Art and Design.
A fantasy Utopia based on the tenets of Objectivist philosophy sets the stage for an architectural exploration of the notion of spatial relationships in the twenty first century. This thesis explores how architecture, when experienced for the sake of the experience it has to offer, can be the tool for developing a morally founded society by creating an awareness of each individuals greatest sense of self. Objectivism holds that it is not the dogma of religion from which individuals should determine what is right and wrong, as religion is anti-life. Rather, it is the experience of art and the study of philosophy that come together to make possible the ability to rationalize abstract feelings and emotions to be able to apply them to an individual moral code. This study explores how architecture as art could redefine our notion of space in the twenty first century, and how space will in turn define us.