Essay #2 - Option B Elliot Waniek Determining the role of...

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Option B Elliot Waniek Determining the role of technology within an architectural structure and how it is incorporated will always be an ongoing discussion. Technology, in my opinion, is architecture itself, as the ability to assemble materials and apply knowledge in order to utilize these materials to create a structure as a resolution to a problem in society. When Jeremy White defined architecture in lecture as “a system of which bricks are manufactured and are the arrangement of bricks and stones in a building,” it was also implying that for architecture to be constructed, technology, in some form had to partake in the structure ( White 2011) . It was this thought that made students think “but to what extent does technology fully embody the architecture?” From the pyramids of Giza to the Louvre Pyramid, or St. Denis gothic style to the most environmentally advanced building in the world, the Masdar Headquarters in United Arab Emirates, technology is portrayed through the progression of materials, engineering and forms of construction over time. Each of these aspects of technology is incorporated into architecture from the ground up in order to answer new problems that arise over time. For the Egyptians, building a tomb for the pharaoh was of the highest priority as their lives revolved around planning for the afterlife. With stone as the most solid form they had at the time, which they would excavate from local quarries, it was important to create a structure that would not only enclose the pharaoh but create a new design with mastabas as the most current and largest architectural form at the time ( White 2011). Having thousands of slaves available and an abundance of stone, the Egyptians figured they would be able to create a much larger and smoother sided mastaba to house the tomb of the pharaoh Khufu. They knew that the form of a pyramid must be precise and smooth, and only through an orderly arrangement of stones and
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covering the surface with limestone would give it a smooth exterior. A similar form, the Louvre
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course ART HIST 6F taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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Essay #2 - Option B Elliot Waniek Determining the role of...

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