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Arch 3005: Architecture History Two exams: 1. Midterm: October 19 - Ch1, 2, 3, 4, and 10 2. Final: December 10 @ 7:30am Test: Slides (Be able to tell what it is and where it is) - Be able to see the difference between the buildings - Know about the formal characteristics about the buildings - Interpret what they mean Short answer questions An essay question True and False answers Architectural Forms: - Starting to come up with buildings that take care of their own energy and human waste - So far, present buildings are responsible for 40% of carbon dioxide in the air now Eden Project by Nicholas Grimshaw (Architect in London) located in Cornwall, Great Britain. Is a huge green house that has a sense of technology by its design. It’s a privately funded project. Extremely efficient, almost the most efficient building in the world unlike the pyramid of chaos in Egypt. Two layer geometric trust. An arise from a geodesic sphere with three layers of a polyenmastic plastic; like plastic pillows. The whole frame has a sense of pressure from air. Derived from what it’s meant to do. Built on a stone quarry. The Quarry owner decided to build the green house there but Grimshaw couldn’t build it because the quarry kept changing due to digging. Designed the building based on a set of spheres that way if the site changed and got higher or lower, the construction wouldn’t. Union Tank Car Facility by r. Buckminster Fuller in Baton Rouge, La. Drove trains into the complex to paint while showing a sign of efficiency. For the longest time, it was the largest clear span structure in the world. Extremely efficient structure but abandoned. Fuller suggested that one could build complete spheres and let the sun warm the inside, then the structure would act like a hot air balloon and float. Three basic things to look at: 1. Architecture is the creation of empathetic forms which support - and perhaps – question the structures of belief and power in any given society as they shelter and ennoble people and their activities. 2. Architectural forms are anchored to our perceptions of the natural world in ways which interpret these perceptions in support of structures of power and belief, i.e. the client.
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3. They do this by creating languages of form which address the movement and the position of the body space. This has been a great source of power and effect in the architecture of the past. - Structures of belief and power – legitimation - Perceptions of the natural world – beliefs (myth) - Languages of form – empathy - Legitimations /social context – established way of society doing something with people - Beliefs /world view – myth, shared patterns of belief; shared assumptions - Empathy /specifics of form in relation to the body – understand what’s there; personal Culture “Men are animals suspended in webs of significance they themselves have spun.” Things that brought us to where we are now; stages: - Upright walking - We mostly expend most of our brain energy to doing this - Use of fire - Ability to cook - Use of tools - Threshold of reflection
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