05-255, 30 aug: goals appr, org, what, how
Conversation, reading in step, discussing, all able to bring images into our disc.
American architecture: an overview that takes in, or at least represents, bldgs of US.
master narrative of this subject
MN <--> huge referent
told many times, with almost the same referents, touchpoints.
show the cart,
show the USib website
[famous: Monticello to Wainwright to Gehry
[lesser reflections of styles: ]
trickle-down. a remarkable story. in terms of styles, you may be able to date
any bldg to within a decade or two and read landscapes historically.
and every town of over, say 50-100k now has a historic district where you can trace the same tale.
catgories, retelling same sequences. one can get glib[XXX]. a powerful story, w/ reach, but not the only one, nor, potentially ther richest..
[but: Penn German house hse, spec 90s row, Raleigh dev]
clearly not the only story. read type in plan, read influence from local motive ('all politics is local')
and then, what we don't shoot: bldgs that evolve, transforming, impure examples.
inverting this to the any-given-building, for a richer reading.
we might see it at an intersection of different narrartives, or constructs that account for its form.
X-roads of many narratives
place AGB into a context, like one of these that helps account
for it form:
follow Q: why does it take the form it does, wherever that may lead.
interrogate building, even the modest and impure examples,
if not only in terms of stylistic currency and innovation, then presentation, conformance to recog type, evo of loc, reason here. etc.
WONDER, ENGAGE, Question, learn how to pursue those q's,
(J Child trick: go through making though cooked turkey already in oven)
.ORG: core of course = reading. readingthe MN - widely; reading deeply in different spots w/ diff perspectives, then discuss.
5 chrono units in teams;
one team presents main themes examples distilled form serveral survey narratives, while others read one and then detailed scholarly readg beyond that, ea differently
rdgs webpg, 3 serials, compendia on cart.
other assignments: plan exercise, research landscape, short paper on buildings of a type
MN starting in 17th c., but first, the present:
1. START w/ now: assig. - read aloud:
Assignment A: Finding Now.
Looking on the Web, in contemporary magazines, or in the real world, examine two examples of architecture from the last decade in the U.S. that seem to embody some sense of prevailing architectural values. Try to understand each in terms of its disposition of spaces and its setting as well as its most iconic published faces. Choose one of these two for which you can find some critical or interpretive (not just descriptive or appreciative) writing and read that.
From your own responses or readings, consider the bases for choices of form in each, and more broadly, the question of contemporary architectural trends and the underlying values that these embody. Come to class next Tuesday prepared to present and discuss your examples and thoughts on these. Email me your choices as soon as you've made them, and I'll try to steer folks away from coincident examples, and if there are websites or a couple of digital images that you want to show in class, email those to me by Monday night.
due 6 Sept.
2. READ Syllabus.
3. FILLED OUT: name, email, school, year, major or leaning, likelihood of taking course
schedules from noon on on Tues and Thurs.