Discussion 7: Environmental Analysis (Architecture)
Daniel Libeskind, architect, Jewish Museum Berlin (Jüdisches Museum Berlin), 2001. Berlin. 161,000 square feet (15,000 square meters). Concrete, steel, with zinc cladding.
Please report on one work of architecture from one of these selected architects: Antoni Gaudi, Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray, Carlo Scarpa, Alvar Aalto, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman, Peter Zumthor, Arata Isozaki, Shigeru Ban, Alejandro Aravena, Carme Pigem Barceló or Tadao Ando. Your report should be at least 400 words, and should include these numbered sections:
1. Image: Post an image or link to your chosen work, with the MLA citation and URL to the source.
2. Material Data: Name the artist/designer (if known), date(s), current location or museum, materials used and size. Note its use(s) and any special production techniques utilized.
3. Formal Analysis: Describe your chosen work using at least four (4) of these categories: Line, Shape and Form, Space, Texture, Value and Light, Color, and Implied Movement (Time), Repetition, Variety, Rhythm, Balance, Compositional Unity, Emphasis, Economy, and/or Proportion.
4. [NEW] Environmental Analysis: This section will require research beyond your readings. Report on how this building relates to the “natural place” of its site. Consider its relation to the topography, weather, seasons, and site conditions with respect to its chosen materials, landscaping, circulation, doors/windows, and transitional spaces, structure, orientation to light, etc. Make sure to look at images of the same work from different angles, and from the inside. As well, you encouraged to look at the original plans, sketches and drawings by the architect. YouTube videos often exist of people walking through famous buildings.
On this method see:
Alasdair Cochrane, “Environmental Ethics”, IEP:
http://www.iep.utm.edu/envi-eth/ (Links to an external site.)
Gregory Caicco, ed., Architecture, Ethics, and the Personhood of Place, UPNE, 2007. https://www.upne.com/1584656530.html (Links to an external site.)
5. Personal Reflections: Why did you choose this work? What are its least and most attractive aspects to you?
6. MLA citations to your research sources.
Post this initial post by Thursday night. Afterwards, please post at least two substantial replies to other students (and/or the professor), on separate days, before the end of the instructional week (Sunday night). In your replies to one another, try to go deeper into the work presented, comparing and contrasting it with what you presented. Share new research or knowledge. End by asking a critical question of the other student (not a yes/no question but a how/why type question) on what they presented. Return later in the week to continue the discussion and go further with the conversation.