Sunday, March 27, 2011

"Arts n Crafts" (RR10)

"Revolutionary Coins" BP10


I believe that U.S coins are revolutionary because of their history and design. The coin has survived hundreds of years and many different phases of revolution in America. A revolution is the act of demolishing a government/social organization or an epic, unexpected, change in societal beliefs.

Coins' Front

  • (All coins have busts of presidents, therefore honoring national heroes who enabled beneficial change through out history.) 
  • Penny: Lincoln: 16th president (1861-1865)
  • Nickel: Jefferson: 3rd president (1801-1809)
  • Dime: Roosevelt: 32nd president - (1933-1945)
  • Quarter: Washington: 1st president (1789-1797)
  • Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Washington face left while Lincoln face right. (no specific reason.)
  • In God We Trust - this is on the coins because of rise of religious dependency during the Civil War.
  • Liberty - The freedom to make decisions, self- governance. It symbolizes the end of slavery and the preservation of democracy.
  • Date
  • E Pluribus Unum - "Out of many, one." This motto originated in 1776 and symbolizes the unity among our nation.

Coins' Reverse

  • Penny: Lincoln Memorial - honoring the death of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Nickel: Monticello (Jefferson's Colonial Plantation) - The home of Jefferson.
  • Dime: Torch between an olive branch (peace) and an oak branch (victory). They symbolize the national disposition when WWII ended.
  • Quarter: A bald eagle with outstretched wings grasps a bundle of arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other. The bundle of 13 arrows signifies the first 13 states, the olive branch represents peace. The two items exemplify our ability as a nation to fight as well as our wish for peace.
  • Worth - for obvious reasons
  • United States of America

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"The Temple of the Emerald Buddah" (RR9)

D., F, M., M, & Prakash, V. (2010). A global history of architecture. Wiley.\
grand palace
temple with statues
golden ped.

"Colonial Expansion" BP9


Golden Dome Of Les Invalides, Paris

The Basilica of the Invalides (1676-1679, Paris) uses it's architecture to create a mirage. It personifies the "real vs. ideal" phenomenon that typifies the French political landscape of the pre-revolutionary era.
Similarly, the United States contains many buildings with facades that falsely suggest that our world correlates with idealistic ideas of how life should be. This is an example of how the U.S has been able to borrow architectural concepts, from across the globe, because of colonial expansion.

The Raleigh Convention Center (2008, Raleigh, NC) uses a 9,284 sq ft piece of art as it's outer facade. It is made up of nearly one hundred thousand small aluminum squares. These squares catch the light of small LED light fixtures and create the illusion of a large, colorful oak tree. The tree represents anything from family to religion, it was also meant to symbolize strength within our society. Through out history amazingly stimulating pieces of architecture have been created in the United States. Likewise, The Sunderesvara Temple (1623-1659, India) has a colorful dance that embraces religion. Ching describes it as mythical. It also resembles the strength and everlasting faith of those who worship there. Through colonial expansion, the United States has been able to inspire ideas throughout the world. 

D., F, M., M, & Prakash, V. (2010). A global history of architecture. Wiley.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dining Space Project

First Parti
Second Parti
Technical Drawings

Sketch Model

Sketch Model

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Nautilus Shell" BP8

In the Gothic time period, lasting from 1100 to 1450 AD, architecture utilized light, height, and balance.
-The Gothic style used large windows to not only further illuminate a space but also as decoration. Churches frequently filled their windows with panes of colored glass, some displaying visual versions of biblical stories. With increased light, the space became warmer and colorful.
-The height of the architecture in the Gothic period related to social and economic status. It was a form of showing off, the taller and more elaborate the structure, the wealthier and better the people.
-Bilateral symmetry is commonly found in Gothic Architecture. This type of symmetry divides the facade into two halves that mirror each other. It represents tranquility and security.

During the Renaissance, 1400-1600 AD, geometry, height, and balance were very important architecturally.
- Light was important not only in the architecture its self but also in the painting on the structure. Architecturally, light was brought in through windows set in tall frames with an arched top. Artistically, chiaroscuro became very popular.
-The height of the architecture during the Renaissance related to social and economic status, more so of the church and government than that of the people. It was a way of them saying that they are bigger, better, and the center of the lives of the people surrounding it.
- Rotational symmetry can be found frequently in the renaissance because there was a lot of circular architecture and emphasis on a central point.

In Baroque , which lasted from 1600 to 1830 AD, light, height, and balance were very important. 
- During the Baroque dramatic contrasts in light and shadow to create a new, theatrical style.
- Baroque style architecture used height to celebrate the power of the Catholic church and to show that they had power not only over the people but were huge influences on the government as well.
- Both rotational and reflection symmetry were popular in this time period because it helped emphasize the center.

As you can see, through out these three time periods light, height, and symmetry have been constant and important in architecture. Although I only emphasized the importance in these few examples, these aspects of design have been present all through out history and continue to be relevant and equally important in today's architecture. 

The image of the nautilus shell shows how older sections of the shell are used to a point but then extended into new sections. These sections have the same contents but also have room for expansion. Similarly, architecture changes and expands through out history but also carries along ideas from the past.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

"Qingyi Garden" (RR8)


eastern depiction: 

summer palace map:

 D., Francis, Mark M., and Vikramaditya Prakash. A Global History of Architecture. Wiley, 2010. 587-589. Print.. carefully select and annotate images to provide breadth and depth to your hypothesis.