ARCH1121 A World History of Architecture, SP2018 Zagaroli

New York City College of Technology 

Department of Architectural Technology


Professor Zagaroli

Homework Assignment #2 -(Only Type-Written Work will be accepted)

Two Buildings


Assigned: February 9, 2018          Due:  February 25, 2018


Pick two different buildings that you physically see on a regular basis.  They can be any buildings you can photograph and identify by title, location or address. Then:


  • Draw 1 elevation of each building- (free hand sketch, traced, or drafted.)
  • Identify the use of each building: Commercial, residential, or institutional.
  • How does it fit with its site? Similar to neighboring buildings or distinctive in its scale, material, or use?
  • Describe general appearance of each building:
  • Discuss the characteristics of the building:
    1. Scale: How many stories?
    2. Mass/Weight: How does the first floor differ from the upper stories?
    3. How does the roof differ from the rest of the building?
  • Describe the arrangement of openings: windows and doors
  • Is there is a sense of rhythm? Is it Vertical or Horizontal or some other?
  • Space: Are there any overhangs or recesses? Protrusions or additions?
  • How does the building’s scale relate to the pedestrian on the street?
  • Identify the primary material for each building: stone, glass, brick, wood, etc.
  • Describe how the material is used in each building.
    1. Texture/Color: Is there more than one material?
    2. Ornament: How does the material change at openings (windows & doors) or at roof?
    3. If there is more than one material, are the other materials used at points of transition between floors or at openings?
    4. How does the sun interact with the building? Reflective or absorptive?


  • Write a third paragraph in which you compare and contrast the two buildings. What is the major difference between them? What do they have in common?


Please remember to give the location of each building and if possible take a photo to accompany your sketches.