Tristan Ramirez 9/12/17
The most impacted event that will have me for this week is the 9/11 attacks. The reason is because my oldest brother was affected by the event the most. At the time my brother was attending High School of Economics and Finance and he witnessed all of it which is the worst that could happen because at a young as a student who is attending high school in the first week can traumatize anyone because you have the feeling that is this certain area safe or not. But impacts me as well because I feel the same affect my brother has, but It bothers me during this week because ever since that day my brother was never the same as he was before. One of the three events that will have the greatest impact is the homework that is due tomorrow. The only day I have off is Thursday during the week so if I had homework due next week or Friday I take the time on Thursdays to do my homework. Going to the school really helps me a lot because at home its harder to do homework and I focus more at the school. I always try to manage my time when deadlines are due especially for certain assignments that require a lot of work. The least important is the past events even though they are lessons in life but not as much what occurs currently in your life right now. The past is mostly what you have done already and you know what to do and what not to do because you learn from your mistakes and you have the time now in the present to fix that and get things done the right way.
ARCH 1121-HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
Introduction about Myself
My name is Tristan Ramirez and I was born on February 3rd, 1999. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I am 18 years old as of now. Before I attended City college of Technology, I graduated from High School of Art & Design in Manhattan. I also majored in Architecture so I know a little bit more about what the major deals with and the work that is put into projects. I mainly enjoy making models or drawing perspectives. In my high school we were given a class called Art History that talked about the past of what and how structures were formed and even not just structure wise, but paintings and drawings of medieval time periods and the colonization of America. On weekends for my freshman and sophomore year I signed up for Saturday classes at Cooper Union that offer free classes to learn and gain knowledge from students who attend that school and show other high school students what the studio classes are like. The challenges I have faced is when deadlines are due and I don’t seem to find the time to do certain assignments I get stressed because I don’t manage my time well enough. Most of the time I mostly just stay in the school and do homework because when I go homework it’s too many distractions. The things that I enjoy is playing sports or exploring the city or even go for a walk around my neighborhood and look up or around and admire some the buildings in the city and listen to music and hang-out with friends and family. In this class I am hopefully and willing to gain the knowledge this class offers so I can understand a little bit how structures were built in the past and use the knowledge and be innovative on projects that are due in the future.
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.
Writing Assignment #3-(Only type-written work will be accepted)
Assigned: September,19, 2017
Due: September 26, 2017
• Choose one set of notes you’ve already written in this course.
• Read, edit and expand upon your existing notes and prepare a NEW, complete set of notes to hand in.
• By reading, rereading, then writing down your notes, you are using multiple modalities of comprehending the information. This will increase your retention and depth of detail of the subject.
• If and only IF your class notes are initially done with a lot of details and clearly written, you may make a copy of them to hand in. But you should re-read them anyway.
• This is a technical writing assignment, more mechanical in it’s construction, than the others. It serves not only as a submitted assignment, but also to aid your study of a class, for midterm exam.
• Add illustrations, sketches, timelines, or other non-text info as you see fit.
• You may simplify, add more content to specific building information like dates or place, or condense or change the notes from the original in any way you choose.
• Please submit A COPY of the work to me, and retain the original or digital copy for your records and to study from!
Note I will ask for another set of notes with the same criteria from one of the classes after Thanksgiving break, before the Final Exam.
2017_1121_ writing assignment #2
Writing Assignment #2-(Only type-written work will be accepted)
Assigned: Sept 5, 2017
Due: Sept 18, 2017
• Read Chapter 1 (the Mesopotamia and the Near East and the Egypt chapter) in A World History of Architecture.
• Chose two monuments, one monument should be from the Mesopotamia Chapter and the other monument should be from the Egypt chapter.
• Make a chart with two headings, one for each monument.
• Under each heading write the information you know about each monument in parallel format. This means if on line one you write that the first monument is a temple, and then on the first line under the second monument you should write the second monument’s use and so on.
• After you have assembled the chart, write one paragraph comparing the two monuments.
• Work from the biggest similarity to the smallest and then from the biggest difference to the smallest.
• After you have written the paragraph, try to write a topic sentence that would introduce and state the biggest point from the paragraph.
Hand in the chart, the paragraph, and the topic sentence.