Physiognomy of Speed: A Velodrome on Seattle's Waterfront
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Physiognomy is the assessment of character from outward appearance. In Experiencing Architecture, Steen Eiler Rasmussen describes it as an unmistakable yet elusive quality possessed mainly by objects but also by space, derived largely from our associations of form with use. This thesis explores the enduring relationship in architecture between form and use through the design of a velodrome on the current site of Pier 48 on Seattle’s waterfront. The velodrome typology is reevaluated in terms of its use and siting: the velodrome and site each make demands of, and present opportunities to, the other, while the paramount experience of the cyclist subverts that of the spectator throughout the facility. Seattle is in turn provided a unique means of engaging with one of its oldest and most diversely used waterfront sites.
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