02 [2/7] Big vision of the Brooklyn Bridge

Homework: [for 2/7]

I. What style should the Brooklyn Bridge be ideally?
What would it mean if the big vision of the Brooklyn Bridge was based on a different type of revival design?

Byzantine Revival Moorish Revival
Chinese Revival Neo-Baroque
Egyptian Revival Neo-Roman
Gothic Revival Renaissance Revival
Greek Revival Spanish Revival
Indo-Saracenic Venetian Gothic
Japanese Revival


Find a website about the architectural style you worked with today
Respond to these:

  1. Who created the website?
  2. Is this person or organization or business an expert?
  3. Who is the audience?
  4. Why was the website created? Does it exist to make money?
  5. What are your overall impressions of the website
  6. Try to create a citation for the website–use Easybib and MLA style

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19 thoughts on “02 [2/7] Big vision of the Brooklyn Bridge

  1. I. In my opinion, the Brooklyn Bridge style ideally should be Indo-Saracenic because it would add a twist to it, since the bridge is very stoney, dark bricks, and is very plain when it comes to the style of it, the Indo-Saracenic style would look different in terms of the round shapes it has, looks more sophisticated and modern.

    II. 1. The person that created the website is The Metropolitan Museum.
    2. This is an organization. It is a Museum that is located in Manhattan, and they also have a website.
    3. The audience of this website can be artists, and people who are interested in architecture styles, as well as different types of art.
    4. The website was created to further give information of different exhibitions they have, as well as different art, architecture, visits schedule, and information on how to join events/groups & internships they offer. This website makes money because they have a shop where people can purchase a variety of things they have to offer online.
    5. My overall impression of this website is that I think it is very organized in terms of how the Metropolitan Museum categorize and I like how they have a timeline of Art history, where you can search up different publications from many artists, on architecture and art from different time periods. I found the information on “Egyptian Revival” very interesting in terms of how it got popular and how long this style has been going on for.

    6. Citation (MLA Format)

    Ickow, Author: Sara. “Egyptian Revival | Timeline of Art History.” The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. The Metropolitan Museum, July 2012. Web. 02 Feb. 2017.

    • You picked a quality website. Just one comment: the webpage is written by an art historian for a general audience including artists but the focus on on the art history of the style The citation looks good too.

  2. I. What style should the Brooklyn Bridge be ideally?
    I think the style of the Brooklyn Bridge should be ideally what it is now. It has been working out ever since it has been built so it doesn’t make sense to me to change it. If the big vision of the Brooklyn Bridge was based on a different type of revival design, it would mean something else entirely. The style now is Gothic and if were anything else it would represent something else.

    II. Find a website about the architectural style you worked with today (Egyptian Revival)
    1. Ancient History Encyclopedia created this website http://www.ancient.eu/Egyptian_Architecture/.
    2. Based on the “ABOUT US” page, it is a non-profit company that publishes “the world’s most-read history encyclopedia.”
    3. The audience would be “worldwide.” On the “ABOUT US” page, their mission is to “improve history education worldwide…”
    4. The site was created to educate people from around world about ancient history. It does not exist to make money because the site stated they were a non-profit company.
    5. My overall impression of the site is it was very educational and easy to navigate.
    6. Citation using EasyBib (MLA format): Mark, Joshua J. “Ancient Egyptian Architecture.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 18 Sept. 2016. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.

  3. From my point of view there is no need to change the architectural view of Brooklyn Bridge. There is many development in the world which are getting better and better nowadays. So, if There’s need to change from a certain view I would say Baroque architecture because this is the building style of the Baroque era, Renaissance architecture and used it in a new rhetorical and theatrical fashion, often to express the triumph of the Catholic Church. This architectural look will make the bridge more niche and portico shape. They use some fashionable and glittered marbles, cone shape domb, thinner base to hold the bridge with heavy concrete.
    The architectural style I have worked with is Neo-Baroque architecture.

    1. Encyclopedia Britannica created the website.

    2.Based on the website faq , it is a non-profit company that publishes “ the most famous architecture’s bibliography.”

    3.The audience of this website is people in general and mostly this website will help students to research about various architectural works.

    4. The website was created to make people know what architecture’s did over the past few centuries and people so that they can understand the history of ancient time. The site is non –profit company so it is not for making money at all.

    My overall impression was this website will help the researchers to easily find about specific sources they are looking for.

    Citation Using Easybib: (MLA)
    The Editors of Encyclopadia Britannica. “Norman Shaw.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopadia Britannica, Inc., 26 Aug. 2009. Web. 03 Feb. 2017.

    • Hi Md Zafar–just making sure you understand that Encyclopedia Britannica is a well known encyclopedia. It is a for-profit company, a publisher, but it is educational. Note that it is a .com.

  4. I. What style should the Brooklyn Bridge be ideally?
    Brooklyn Bridge is a famous historical treasure in the world. In my opinion, it is not necessary to change its style because it is an expression of a culture in a period. For us, it is a monumental representation of human achievement. The heavy massing represents the solemn position of this bridge. The pointed arch opening, which is the remarkable character of Gothic architectural style, symbolizes the open future of this city. The steel wires make the bridge technically keep in stable and never lose their aesthetic feeling.

    II. The architectural style I worked with is Indo-Saracenic style.

    Wesite address: http://www.indianetzone.com/43/indosaracenic_architecture_indiaindosaracenic_architecture_india.htm

    1. Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. created the website.

    2. Based on the “Contact Us” page, this is an organization created the website.

    3. The audience is the people who want to know the background and development of this architectural style.

    4. The website is to provide a stage for people to gain knowledge about Indo-Saracenic style, such as its history, changes and effects. It is not for making money.

    5. From this website, I know a lot about Indo-Saracenic style and browse some pictures about this style. Also I could find out some other catergories, such as health, travel and society, for me to learn more.

    6. Easybib citation (MLA):
    “Indo-Saracenic Architecture in India.” Indo-Saracenic Architecture in India. N.p., 23 Mar. 2015. Web. 05 Feb. 2017.

  5. I. What style should the Brooklyn Bridge be ideally?

    That ideal style of Brooklyn Bridge should be Gothic architectural style. Because there are many churches in Brooklyn and the Gothic architectural style is better to describe the culture in Brooklyn. Baroque architecture would be a great one as an alternative style. As Catholic Church style architecture, it was characterized by solemn, intensity and form of strong worship. It would still use the firm stone but the smaller holes on the bridge.

    1. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. created the website
    2. It is an organization who is profit encyclopedia company
    3. Its audiences are general and mostly it helps people understanding the architectural style in American.
    4. As the Britannica is a general encyclopedia, it has printed version and internet version. Although some of the content are free, it is available online by subscription. It exists to make money.
    5. My overall impression of this website is that it is very professional encyclopedia site which contains a clear answer to people’s questioning. And the great picture in the site offers a great reference to people.
    6. The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Greek Revival.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 03 Oct. 2007. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

    • I like how you connect the churches of Brooklyn to the Bridge and it is great that you are familiar with Encyclopedia Britannica and know that it is both print and online.

  6. I. If I have to a chance to redesign the Brooklyn Bridge, I would love it to be Indo-Saracenic Architecture bridge. The indo-Saracenic architecture has some similar structure features with Gothic architecture style. the Jama Masjid in Ahmadabad is one of the great example of into-saracenic architecture style. Rectangular and the cylindrical pillars are the basic shape used in into-saracenic architecture.


    1. Who created the website?
    Encyclopedia of Art Education created the website, all articles are written by Neil Collins MA LLB.

    2. Is this person or organization or business an expert?
    It is organization based online resource
    3. Who is the audience?
    Art students and teachers

    4. Why was the website created? Does it exist to make money?
    To explain the evolution of visual art with reference to the world’s greatest artists, their paintings and sculptures, architecture and photography. It doesn’t exist to make money.

    5. What are your overall impressions of the website
    I can find almost every information about art related topics.

    Try to create a citation for the website–use Easybib and MLA style

    “Neoclassical Architecture (1640-1850).” Neoclassical Architecture (1640-1850). N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

  7. I. What style should the Brooklyn Bridge be ideally?
    I think the Brooklyn Bridge should be Greek revival because their style would add more life to it. The Greek revival also has the nice style of which it can have different

    1.The person who create this website is Thomas Paradis
    2. This is a person who is Provost and Professor of Geography at Butler University in Indianapolis.
    3 the audience is for student for his class at first and later on it open to anyone that want to learn more
    4. This website was created for his class that he teach at first and later on after when people use it as a reference he made it for anyone to use it.
    5. My impression of this website was pretty good because you can get information about other type of revival that you might want to be interest at.
    6. Paradis, Thomas . “Greek Revival.” Architectural Styles of America and Europe. N.p., n.d. Web.

  8. l. I think the style of Brooklyn Bridge would be Gothic style. Elements of the Brooklyn Bridge are matching with some characteristics of the Gothic style. Such as massive and tall columns of Brooklyn Bridge are built straightly toward to the sky. Also, the Brooklyn Bridge has pointy arches, which represents the Gothic style. Following the history of Brooklyn Bridge, three continued generation architects were working on it. So, it is very mixing up of many ideas, trends, and cultures. Interestingly, back to the time when the Brooklyn Bridge was built, steel was introduced as a main material for the buildings. Brooklyn Bridge is the one of the represent of the architectures in the era.

    Website: http://www.archinomy.com/case-studies/2019/indo-sarsinic-architecture-in-madras

    1. Archinomy created the website.

    2. Archinomy is an organization.

    3. Art students, teachers, and architects.

    4. This website is able to post and view others’ works and case-studies to share. At the some points, it is created to make money.

    5. This website is very clear and detailed to learn. It has a lot of information about the Indo-Saracenic from its characteristics to examples of it with pictures. It was very helpful website to get know about the Indo-Saracenic.

    6. “Indo Sarsinic Architecture in Madras.” Indo Sarsinic Architecture in Madras | Archinomy. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

    • You picked an interesting website since it seems to be geared to architects and architectural historians. It’s not too easy to figure out who the people behind the site are …

  9. The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883. It uses the architecture styling of gothic revival. During this period, this was the popular style of architecture and it makes sense that it was used for a large project such as the Brooklyn bridge. Gothic revival is an ode to Eastern European medieval simplicity, it stems from the grandiose of efficient building.
    If the Brooklyn bridge was based on a different revival style, it could have meant that a new architectural movement would have started. having a project which revolutionized transportation between the boroughs, be done in a different style could have spelled a different course of history for the development of urbanization in the city.
    An example would be if the Brooklyn bridge was done in Egyptian revival which was also popular around this time however, this architectural movement lasted longer into the early 20th century. This style revolved more around the grand beauty of scale and manipulation of simple geometric shapes. If the Brooklyn bridge was done in the fashion then, I believe we could have expected to see a different city than the one we know today.
    The resources I have used were buildinghistory.org and metmuseum.org. Building history was created by Jean Manco. She is a building historian and specializes in early history European. She has published works in scholarly papers and has created a career from her knowledge base in early European architectural styles. I do not believe this website is meant to generate revenue. It is a ‘.org’ registry meaning that it is meant for public interest, and there is no merchandise to buy or products being endorsed. It is a plain website, with nothing too impressive about it, however the content of the site is well documented and informative.
    The other resource, metmuseum.org is more interactive and has updated information on the connection between the style of the course of history. This is also a site that does not aim to make money, and produces quality literature that holds high standards for those who create it.

    Manco, Jean. “Jean Manco.” Building History. N.p., 14 Dec. 2013. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

    Ickow, Author: Sara. “Egyptian Revival | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art.” The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

  10. I.
    In my opinion the architectural style of the Brooklyn Bridge should not change. The Gothic Revival style is a great representation of the Brooklyn culture and I believe that it is a great influence on how the city looks today. If I had to choose any other style for the Brooklyn Bridge to be designed I would choose Greek Revival because it have gave it more life and gave it a more monumental look.


    1.Architect Henry Irwin created this website
    2.A person created this website.
    3.The audience is students. Particularly architect students.
    4. This website was to educate students about the Indo-Saracenic architecture. It is not made to make money.
    5.This website leads us through the history, influences, culture and styles of the Indo-Saracenic Architecture. It is very educational and informative. It really helps you understand the characteristics of the Indo-Saracenic style.
    6.Irwin, Henry. “Indo-Saracenic Architecture.” Higman Consulting GmbH – Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

  11. I. What style should the Brooklyn Bridge be ideally?
    Brooklyn Bridge belongs to gothic revival architecture which also knows as Neo-gothic architecture. The reason why I guess it is revival architecture is because it has a similar look with church. The bridge gives me very heavy feeling. It has a lot of brick to be the outside finish, and those details and arches also relate to gothic revival architecture.

    Website: https://www.architecture.com/Explore/ArchitecturalStyles/Architecturalstyles.aspx
    1. Who created the website?
    RBIA (The Royal Institute of British Architects)
    2. Is this person or organization or business an expert?
    I think this is an organization, but I believe they also take contracts form people and government.
    3. Who is the audience?
    The audiences are regular people who are interesting with architecture, architects, and government.
    4. Why was the website created? Does it exist to make money?
    I think it was made for share architecture knowledge, and looking for architects to join them. I do not think it is for make money.
    5. What are your overall impressions of the website
    My overall impression of the website is about all information it contained. The knowledge is very general. It can help people find what they want quickly if the research topic is about architect. Even though it does not dig in deeper, it still gives people a direction that tells they what should they looking for,

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