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essays for exam 1 - In a chapter by Bruno Zevi that you...

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In a chapter by Bruno Zevi that you have read in the supplemental readings, the author discusses why the experience of architecture is difficult to convey. Describe his main argument. Focus especially on his discussion of aspects of architectural spaces and on the various means of representing them. Discuss the implications of Zevi's views for the public's understanding of architecture. The experience of architecture is difficult to convey because not everyone perceives the exteriors and interiors of a building like it is a significant matter. Zevi argues that unless we feel ourselves as part of the architectural organism, we do not completely experience the space. He insists to experience the sensation from careful observation through one’s own movement through space. He gives examples of how space is organized into meaningful form through the limitation of walls. Some aspects of architectural spaces Zevi talks about in the readings are plan, facades and elevations, and photographs. Plan is the best way to evaluate the architectural organism as a whole. It illustrates the arrangement of building interiors and thus determines the artistic worth of a design. Facades and elevations are the exteriors which are what people see without coming inside. They generally show two dimensions, at most three dimensions. The elevation suggests a structure’s form, the materials and textures of the surface. A photograph records a building statically. Although photograph combines two and three- dimensional elements, it is unable to present the sense of dynamic motion.
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