From 30,000 BCE to 1,000 CE, civilizations have been improving steadily over time; at the beginning of architectural history, times in between architectural achievements were slow to start. But overtime, once we get into Egyptian architecture do we see acceleration in appreciation for architects and their innovative ideas for designing structures and spaces. With this, people tended to travel further distances over time which helped others see other forms of architecture and eventually be inspired by this either by Kings or rulers who looked to flex their power through the structures they’ve built and show off how impressive they were. Eventually, overtime, in shorter time spans, architecture started speeding up in different eras such as the Romans, Gothic architecture. With technology progressing and architecture becoming more pronounced we find that inventions in architecture and design only increase. Engineers coming up with more innovative ways to achieve daring conceptual designs by architects, we see that more and more achievements are being met in shorter time spans. In only the last 1000 years have we achieve the most in our architectural history, from different materials used to different innovative ways to represent time periods and turn living spaces into more habitable places. What used to be only accessible to only rulers, architecture is now readily available to anyone who has any reasonable amount of money and a vision to achieve that, thus a faster rate of architectural achievements in modern history. What helps with this is using past architectural achievements to help accelerate the knowledge of how to design and further improve and innovate with new ideas. It was slower at the start with nothing to look upon other than the ground and the trees around it to come up with making habitable spaces.
October 24th, 2017
The Pantheon, this once grand Roman temple of every god can be yours, built in Rome, Italy with beautiful Roman Catholic affiliations, this piece of timeless history is perfect for your high class gatherings and even become a great investment pursuit at running your own museum. Designed by the great architect, Apollodorus of Damascus. This massive structure, houses one of the largest domes with a single oculus to reign artificial light throughout the inside of the structure, at 142 feet tall, its wow factor is best during the day. Large columns with Corinthian designs at the capital that hold the large pediment of the structure shows strength that you need and want in your life, especially if you’re trying to overcompensate.
In-Class Writing Assignment
Create a dialogue talking to the Parthenon.
The Parthenon is quite important in Greek architecture as it was built for Athena in a time when gods were revered as beautiful mystical beings that ruled over the land and the people. It’s made mostly of columns that are Doric in design, with less ornamentation in its capital. It was considered the most beautiful piece of architecture in its time, although copied quite frequently in revival Greek architecture. Personally, I consider it to be quite bland but I understand its importance and extraordinary feat of architectural beauty and proportional consideration. One of the more interesting aspects of this structure is how it was intended to be viewed; the Greeks designed it to be viewed in 360 degrees before you ever reached the structure itself. Parthenon, amazing structure to view in all 360 degrees of the Acropolis it stands on, a mountain top made to view a structure created beautifully outside and to stand out amongst the Greek skies. What is now missing of you, the color, the fresh marble, roof tiles and the Statue of Athena, still has us wondering what you looked like in your peak form. It’s hard to appreciate you without seeing you the way the Architect intended to.
The first structure that I sketched was the Federal Court Building, which is an institutional building has a massive scale and size in the Downtown Brooklyn area. It’s primarily made of stone and glass and the first floor is designed mostly to accommodate a large entrance that directs into many other areas into the building. The roof is very flat and shares similarities to the rest of the building’s design. The rhythm of the building is entirely vertical with the exception of the main entrance glass cylinder. There are also very few overhangs and recesses that appear from the building itself with the exception of a multi-spire edge of the rooftop in the building on Tillary St. There is hardly any ornamentation but a heavy use of glass on the main entrance that is highly reflective against the sun.
The second structure that I sketched was a Post-Disaster housing structure on Cadman Plaza West not too far from the Federal Court Building. It is an institutional building as well; it serves as a museum to the general public to view what the conceptual structure would be like. It is very different from its surroundings, it almost seems like it doesn’t belong in its location. Albeit, the space it does sit on it uses very well to compliment the rest of structure. It seems to be made of various but durable looking materials such as lightweight steel covering the outside, possibly more rigid structure on the inside and glass. Each floor shares a nearly identical look as the other, it’s almost like giant separate structures were placed on top of each other. There aren’t many windows, but the windows that are there are large. There is a built staircase on the side that helps get to the different levels, otherwise there is nothing that hangs outside the structure. There is various colors that appear somewhat pleasing to the eye with gray being the primary color while yellow highlights the balconies.
These two buildings, while very different they share a similarity of being institutional structures. There sizes are vastly different, with the post-disaster housing structure being very small in size in comparison to the Federal Court Building, which is massive in size and shows extraordinary use of rhythm and a high use of vertical. The Federal Court Building also looks to be made to last and shows its superiority with its size and use of stone while the post-disaster housing was built with a specific purpose in mind and was designed to not look as unpleasing as they could make it.