Sunday, November 28, 2010


Weatherspoon Art Museum
Greensboro Collects Exhibit

Landscape: Real, Surreal, and Constructed

The piece I chose...

by Ansel Adams



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

IAR 222: Point Essay Response


"Nothing is ever impossible and there are no such things as rules."

For the Alternatives unit I reviewed three of my classmates, Michelle Baulieu, Austin Loman, and Caitlyn Lyle, on their own idea of what the section meant to them. To start off, I read Michelle's essay. I believe she did a great job in conveying her point as to the different meanings of the "church" and how it was changed and enhanced over time as we progressed throughout the Alternatives unit. After a brief explanation of the Gothic period, she goes in depth into the Renaissance, and explains what it primarily means to her as a designer. She goes on to explain how she believes we are still in the Renaissance today as designers are still experimenting with boundaries and rules. Next I as I reviewed Austin's essay I discovered a very well-written and in-depth essay, flowing nicely from one period to the next as we made our way through the Alternatives unit. He makes nice transitions in his writing as he breaks down the unit into three important periods: the spirit of the Renaissance, the ecstasy of the Gothic, and the beauty of the Early Baroque. On thing he refers to in his essay is, "In the baroque style unity is achieved through subordination of individual elements in order to invigorate the whole." I believe this is a great way of characterizing the Baroque period. The last persons blog I reviewed for the Alternatives unit was Caitlyn's. Reading her essay was very easy, and she made the learning experience enjoyable through her bullet points and images. By breaking down the Renaissance period into ten parts, Caitlyn summed up the “ultimate prescription for most spaces and places of the Renaissance.” On into Baroque, she describes how from moving into this period things start to come to life as objects are given the ability to “move” in the way they are portrayed in the art and design world.

The picture displayed below was found on both Michelle and Caitlyn's blogs.


For the Relfections unit, I observed these three classmates blogs: Anna Behrendt, Jenni Hamm, and Kacie Leisure. First I reviewed Anna's essay. While reading it I appreciated that it was written on a lighter note, and made a reference to the Lion King. This not only helped put things into a design perspective for me, but truly explained well the point she was trying to convey of “The circle of life.” As she named off the individual buildings of the era which she believed had the most impact on them, she also made a direct tie within them through the materials which were used for each. Next, I took a look at Jenni's essay. Alike to Anna, Jenni also put much emphasis on the materials of the time period in her essay, which I found very appropriate. She talks alot about the exports from and between countries, and how they were used in different ways for different reasons, types of people, and spaces. Jenni also goes into the other styles of the time, as she talks about the industrial revolutions, and coming to a point of, "Architecture seemed to free itself temporarily from the constraints of the classical world and branch out to revive other styles such as the Gothic." Overall she did a great job of conveying her ideas clearly. The last persons blog I reviewed was Kacie's. As we talked about the idea of design revolution in class, Kacie applied this to her own concept as she explained how in it's own way, being an Interior Architecture student has its own revolution. She talks about how it changes us, as we essentially change ourselves in the way we design, and progress in the world of design. How we are constantly looking for that deeper meaning in the things that we do. I think she did a great job of this, making it easy for all of those who read this, to relate to.

I found this image appropriate to the idea of a Revolution, whether it be a single one, or many.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010



“Art Nouveau succeeds as a creative and imaginative style that creates total works of art.”
(Harwood, 484)

Postal Savings Bank
Otto Wagner
Vienna, Austria

Many times have we seen glass ceilings when dealing with the industrial revolutions from all over the world, but this is the first time we see the ceiling along with its opposing plane, the floor, being made of glass. This allows not only for one floor of the building to be illuminated by the natural light, but also the one underneath it, as the glass allows for the light to bleed through to a second space of the building. This concept is very conventional and well designed. We also find that the heating ventilation system is not hidden, but yet celebrated in this building.

Helsinki Central Railway Station
Carl Edelfelt
Helsinki, Finland

With over 200,000 passengers occupying the train station each day, the Helsinki Central Railway Station is not only designed efficiently to meet the needs of those who use it most, but is designed stylistically in how it ultimately meets the standards of a beautiful Art Nouveau masterpiece. The Glass ceiling allows light to flood the loading space, as curvilinear forms give character to the building which allows us to see its Ats Nouveau personality.


Scott Specht

Although it is only a proposed idea in 3-D model form, it is a very intent approach to the idea of “machines for living.” With it's interchangeable parts, and modernistic approach to architecture, the building truly embodies Le Corbusier's idea of a machine. Although the word “modern” has a different meaning for the 1920's as it does for now, the fact that this building truly embodies the highest technologies for today's time period, we are allowed to use this word when describing it. In terms today, modern has meanings such as sustainability, green-efficient, holistic, and safe, and when studying this building deeper, we see that the zeroHouse embodies all of these things.



Sunday, November 7, 2010

IAR 222- Point Essay

"The right question to ask respecting all ornament
simply this: Was it done with enjoyment?"
Ruskin, 1851


As we make our way into the Reflections unit, we start off in the Baroque period, and is exactly where we ask ourselves the question, “what does it mean to be a holistic environment?” A holistic environment is one in which all parts come together as a whole. There is no separation found within the design language of each room which in turn truly creates an atmosphere for the individuals who come within the space, not only by their physical placement but by also tweaking their emotions. Holism best described is a complete system of work, such as a circle, ever evolving and complimenting all parts of the whole. Summing up the Baroque period we find a strong continuity in overindulgence across all sorts of design frames in the Baroque Period. A prime example of this would be the Hall of Mirrors within Versailles.

Moving on into the section on Revolution we find that rules are no longer holding their value as they are being bent and exceptions are being found. Moving beyond the rules of the Renaissance, strong geometry occurs, and the Baroque period turns these rules fluid. Glass and Iron are introduced as main materials in the structures being built. The enterprise of design becomes complicated as many voices are now heard, and many styles are introduced. Studying into the structures built during this time period we see that there is no dominant style. The Greenwich Observatory, which is a prominent building of this era, became the prototype for the measurement of time.

As we start to find our way into the American Revolution section we direct our focus toward the “real deal and the ideal.” First, we diagram what Revolution actually means...

During the American Revolution the trace of major trade patterns between England and the American colonies becomes evident. We find the world starting to share not only their products, but also their ideas. Periods of static activity and periods of great change appear to us. Many characteristics are found which include reflection, theatricality, and lighting, but we also see distinct differences between pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary products. Buildings start to be designed around an idea, for example, a library would be designed around the way we learn with hierarchical patterns to portray this picture. Within hierarchy, we adapt new languages not only from Rome, but also from Greece. The image shown below is the Schuykill Water Works in Philadelphia, PA.

We conclude with our final section of notes on a widening debate: hand-craft or machine? During the late 1800's we find many Eastern influences on the Western world, as many characteristics are carried over and applied in various ways. We see this happen through color, texture, art, decoration, and ornamentation. The influences are brought upon and allow us to see what “true interior architecture” looks and feels like. It allows our minds to grasp what becomes important to the spaces and the people occupying them, and allows for a more realistic approach to design.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010



“The more, the merrier.”

PAGE 117

From the mid- 1800's up to the start of the new century, we find a new stylistic period which we called the Victorian Era. During this time, we find that the interiors which people occupied, were very dark and enclosed as they were trying to “protect” themselves from the outside world. The only word that can do these interiors justice is clutter, and we see that every inch of these interiors has a sort of decoration and ornamentation. The occupants essentially filled their environments with material things which described their personalities and on an even deeper note, their values and morals.





One of the biggest influences to the Western world from the East would be pattern. The Eastern world embraced pattern as it was an important factor of their lives. The time put into creating these pieces of art produced beautiful and intricately designed fabrics used for clothing, decoration, and ornamentation. We can see similarities between the floral pattern in the cloth and the floral art on the vase. The vase is from the Victorian period, and carries many of the same qualities as the pattern as the flowers bring life to the things in which they inhabit, saying in a broader sense something about the owners of these things. It creates movement, which later becomes important to the Western world.




The art of the Eastern world will always stand out as it's style is easily recognizable. Its intricate, yet simple detail makes it an innovative approach when mixed in with the design world. Many designers are easily found who appreciate and readily become inspired by this art to create and design spaces which exemplify the Eastern world. The Peacock Room, designed by Thomas Jeckyll, is a prime example to us of what “Interior Architecture” really is. As we discover that there is not one tangible item within the room that has not been thought about and integrated into the design, the dining room which lies in the Western world, embodies many styles of the East. The built-in shelving, wall filigree and art, vases, and even the molding and ceiling ornamentation show characteristics of the Eastern world.




So close and relative in design language are the Taj Mahal and the Royal Pavilion, but so far away are their geographic locations, as the first lies in India, and the second lies in Great Britain. We find it popular in the East that the exteriors hint upon their interiors, giving onlookers a more curious approach as to whatever may lie within the inside. The domes which are seen in both buildings add interest and give them their personality, as do the architectural points which stand tall. Both buildings are close in context with water which enhances their themes, interior and exterior, of the “exotic.”




Last, but not least we come to the fourth and final form of place. This form I feel closely relates to the previous, as the exotic theme is still carried through the interiors I have chosen. The top image being an interior in India, and the lower image being an interior in England, both of these capture an individual through color. The colors from this part of the Eastern world are bright and vibrant, and enhance excitement within a person. This seems a very appropriate aspect to carry through to market buildings in the Western world, such as the Great Exhibition as buyers and sellers from all over the world would gather here to exchange commerce. Joseph Paxton, the designer of this building not only created a beautiful place, but also mood to enhance the profit margins of the merchants and the contentment of the purchasers.

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