Architecture assignment 2

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Jeffrey Robertson Sean Vanderwall September 27, 2006 Assignment 2 1. The Roman Colloseum has a specific form and building type that are important to how it classified architecturally. The building type can be defined by the purpose or use of the building and the form can be defined as the shape and layout of the building. The Roman Colloseum’s building type is amphitheater because it has tiers of seating for viewing whatever events are happening at the ground level. Traditionally an amphitheater is a semicircle with a stage at the front, the colloseum is essentially two amphitheaters put together to form an oval. This form allows for the events to be viewed by thousands from 360 degrees around. The elevation of the colloseum shows that the building is tall but doesn’t tell us very much about the function. The colloseum was built for entertainment which was highly valued in the Roman culture. 2. The Roman circus evolved from the Greek stadia because of changing customs and social values. The Greek stadia were used for spectators to watch foot races, and the Roman circuses were used for spectators to watch and bet on chariot races.
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