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.

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