Charles and Ray Eames: an introduction The Eameses had a prolific career of integrating concepts and creating designs in almost every creative enterprise starting with the post war years and culminating in the space age. The collective output of the Eames’ office included iconic furniture, designs for mass-production, prosthetics, graphics, exhibitions, films and architecture, mixing […]
With Reference to Both Streets and Squares, Discuss the Importance of Enclosure Design of Public Places
A major characteristic of all cities in the world, at any time in history, is the distinction between the public and private spaces. An individual’s freedom within the city is determined by the management of space with the city, which in turn affects the patterns of spatial behaviour. The main way of organising space is […]
Wolfgang Lotz’s: Reflections of Palladio as Town Planner. Illustrate your essay with specific examples.
I. Wolfgang Lotz’s Argument Contextual architecture represents architecture and designing in particular context, i.e. historical or vernacular context. The theory of contextual often referred to compatible architecture by taking into account the building design surround or the urban concept in vaster sale. This notion can be easily understood through the analogy with the “Context” in […]
Architects and designers have always known that responses to space can affect a person’s mood and emotions. Many such buildings have been designed with this in mind. As a person enters a cathedral kinaesthetic responses and the engaging of the body’s muscles especially in the back promote a response as we gaze up to the […]
Abstract Having to face the outfall of Modernist utopian dreams that ended up as bland, dystopian housing estates as well as Postmodernist celebration of eclectic individualism, New Urbanists are struggling to find a way to realise the social aspirations of Modernist town planners in the context of a capitalist society. With particular reference to the […]
Modernism to Postmodernism in architecture- a genesis. Illustrate your essay with specific examples.
Postmodernism implies ‘beyond modernism’ or ‘after modernism’ and therefore should be understood only in the context of that which preceded it. Postmodernism emerged when people could no longer accept the earlier universally held beliefs of progress ad defined by science and rationality, a world view prevalent since the Enlightenment. It was expressed, “with incredulity towards […]
Discuss the relationship of scholastic thinking in Gothic architecture and use as an example – The Abbey of St Denis. Illustrate your essay with specific examples.
Abbot Suger’s completed projects to replace the east and west ends of the Abbey church of Saint-Denis situated some ten kilometres north of central Paris are often taken as the starting points for any discussion of the beginnings of the development and spread of the Gothic style of architecture. While accepting that not every Gothic […]