Monday, March 28, 2011

RR10 - Royal Pavilion

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Monday, March 21, 2011

RR9 - Foundation of Protection

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BP9 - Colonial Expansion in Architecture

I believe colonnial expansion as it pertains to art and architecture can be both a hindrance on a local culture and in some cases a saving grace.  Aesthetically the architecture I speak of is a thing of personal opinion, but when the structures that influence change a culture or the day to day life of the populace then it demands closer scrutiny as to whether it should be accepted or prevented.  It is as basic as preservation or advancement.

When I think of colonial expansion to the United States I see the obvious pre-revolutionary war period.  When the US was just a colony and was starting from a European standpoint the only architecture was what could be brought from the old world.

Brick Colonial Home

 Words: wealth, symmetry, importance, geometric

Wooden Colonial Home
 Words: basic, rural, isolated

These homes show the very basic nature of construction from that day.  Not only were the structures limited in material selections and available funds, but they were great distances from classical structures which could have influenced more aesthetically pleasing elements.

As for how America's modern influence spreads out across the world I wish to look at it in perspective.  Even though there are many American influences that are for the best, some have spread some of the not so great parts of our culture.  For instance I will use the gray area of McDonald's.

Typical American McDonald's
Words: standout, public, contrasting

Viewed by many in different ways, McDonald's has shown itself as being a cheap restaurant for anyone who is in need of its services, but that's not what I'm talking about.  Focusing on the corporations aesthetics we can see how even when incorporated into a native area somewhere in the world the colors, logo, and basic design remain the same.

Chinese McDonald's
 Words: importance, size, advertising

Indian McDonald's
Words: bounds, fitting, colors

What needs to be discussed about this is whether or not the local culture is taken into consideration?  Do the golden arches and red coloring mean the same thing for these areas as they do for America?  What happens if a native area finds a certain color or gesture of architecture offensive?  I think we just need to be more considerate when trying to push what works locally on a modern global world.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

RR8 - Reaching on High

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BP8 - Nautilus

Seen here is a nautilus representation of column evolution through the ages.  Although there are many more variations than are represented here I chose these due to their freestanding nature and general material similarities.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Dining Space Final



Top Table

Front & Side Table, T,F,S Chair

Top, Front, Side Chair



Model Detail