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.


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