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Understanding Architecture Week 10

by: Layne Henwood

Understanding Architecture Week 10 10001

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Week 10 notes from Understanding Architecture
David Hughes (P)
Class Notes
Understanding Architecture
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Layne Henwood on Sunday April 3, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 10001 at Kent State University taught by David Hughes (P) in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 57 views. For similar materials see UNDERSTANDING ARCHITECTURE in Architecture at Kent State University.


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Date Created: 04/03/16
The Big Three The big 3  Started international style (all European)  Walter Gropius  Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe o Grid is always his o Doesn’t care which side the sun is coming from  One side is no more important than the other o Building appears to float off the ground o "less is more"  Less detail is better o Did not function well  Hot in the summer and cold in the winter because of the glass  Le Corbusier "Corbu" o Billsaboye o "A house is a machine for living in" o No arches o Windows not intended to look like the windows on our homes, meant to look like a factory window o Liked that Greeks were proficient in math but did not copy them o Free of tradition  No traditional supporting walls  Cantilevers  Panoramic views o No colors of nature  Contrast to nature and its forms International Style  Successes o Affordable o Cost effective  To builders and people living in it  Because it was repetitive (assembly line manufacturing) o DO NOT have to be symmetrical  Discouraged it  Why? Because it was the old way of doing things, which they are trying to move away from  Almost aim to not be symmetrical o Can do whatever you want  Failures o No response to climate o Not very durable  Because of perfect edges and lines and no ornaments  Wore out fast  Had no overhangs on roof o Assumed they could solve social issues  "did not help a damn bit"  Hand no heart or sole o No surprise in the light o Too technology oriented, too fixated on technology  Is science the ultimate truth or the ultimate threat?  Atomic bomb created o Toxifying of the planet  Concrete o Did not want to decorate it, left it as it was o Non-polished called brutalist o Honest architecture  Stainless steel Louis Kahn  Known for philosophical writing more than architecture  "What does the brick want to be" o What is the use of the brick? o Nature of the brick  Historic reference, what is its function o Most beautiful thing you can do with them is make an arch  Form bathed in light is architecture o Without light you have nothing  Attempt to bring precision to architecture Inventions that Changed Architecture  Air conditioning


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