Sunday, October 17, 2010



“Architecture has become but one constituent part in what was “a total work of art.”
(Roth, 404)

Emphasis. Emphasis is the word I have chosen for the following artifacts. This comes from the idea of parts. Whether it is the object as a whole of parts which has the emphasis placed upon it's individuals, or the single parts of a whole creating the complete in which the emphasis is placed upon. Emphasis defined in it's simplest terms is the importance placed on a certain subject. Broken down it can single out many attributes, among the piece observed. Each piece of furniture, although used very differently, have similar characteristics. Some of these could be a quality such as the extravagant ornamentation, or the thin and fragile quality, but what I believe as the definite of them all is the notion of flexible movement contained within a sturdy object. Design is easily linked to science as we confer the analogy; electron movements: inanimate objects as to chaotic filigree: stationary artifact.

Line. Line is the word I have chosen for the following spaces. The common definition of line is a single mark of progression. When a line is drawn, some would see only the mark it creates, but some would focus on the two parts, or absence thereof, it leaves us with. In each space, although from divergent time spans, we discover very elaborate thought in detail and intricacy within three parts of each space. After analyzing the spaces given, considering the idea of separation would be optimal. Excluding the artifacts in between, these three parts are the flooring, the walls, and the ceilings. Each part speaks its identity to us in different ways. These ways could be through pattern, order, style, etc. The overall strategic effort is to focus on what separates the parts. The crown molding often becomes lost within a space, due to its efforts to imply focus on the in between. If thought of this way it closely relates to a line, which has the ability to not only create one, but essentially two or more spaces.

Repetition. Repetition is the word I have chosen for the following buildings. Similar to the first two responses, this last one also inhabits the focus of parts. Repetition defined is the repeat of two or more parts. Although these buildings obtain the utmost forms of symmetry, order, and balance, the main focus is directed toward another principle. In each building, despite the vast distances between, we discover the importance of repetition to the design as a prominent principle. Each building takes one unit of the whole, copying it many times, while using either similar or identical measurements between each individual unit, and essentially causing repetition. When observing the facades, whether accepting a column or window as the unit, we find this principle of repetition in each building.


My Floor plan is a spin off from the idea behind the Villa Rotunda, which is essentially one of the greatest works of Palladio. "Center" becomes the focus of the plan as is is halved and shapes are added to exemplify repetition, balance, and symmetry. It focuses on the square, or in this case diamond, and the triangles the shape can create within it.


The idea of theatrical performance is one which closely relates to the Baroque style period. Theater is putting on a show for an audience through elaboration, over exaggeration, and role-playing. Each of these important factors described are all characteristics of the Baroque period. The style period was all about extravagance and over indulgence to place ideas in the minds of society.

1 comment:

  1. interesting observations and analysis in the first two questions.