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Architecture Term Paper Questions

  1. In an age in which American Architects design skyscrapers for Singapore and Shanghai, McDonald’s restaurants can be found in Tokyo and Paris, expressways create a similar automobile landscape almost everywhere,  is the concept of Sense of Place now an unnecessary luxury? How much do cities mean in the age of cyberspace, and how much does sense of place—one thing we expect buildings will help to give—matter?
  1. Why does architecture matter?
  1. Cities are places where people meet to exchange ideas, trade, or simply relax and enjoy themselves. The public domain–the street— is under a recent threat. The growing trends of on-line shopping and the influence of the shift of purchasing from town stores to the web has a significant influence on the demand for retail space. The trend is a substantial concern for shopping malls in suburban areas as well as city planners who are trying to reinforce pedestrianism as an integral city policy to develop lively, safe, sustainable, and healthy cities. Does this phenomenon should concern us? Why?
  1. “In both consumer and design related publications, we often encounter statements of absolute certainty about the psychological aspects of color. However, it is very difficult to make such statements with any accuracy.” Why?
  1. From the initiation of its construction to its completion, the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, by Jorn Utzon was a controversial project. Today, the building is a world famous symbol of Australian culture. How did the building become what it is today? Describe the history of the design, the complication of the construction, and the reasons you believe it became a national icon.
  1. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebacek, Denmark exemplifies responses of cohesion between building, art, and landscape. Describe the building and analyze its extensions that were designed between 1958 and 1998. In your analysis, discuss the architects’ efforts to substantially increase the size of the museum building with their sensitivity to its site.
  1. The Jewish Museum in Berlin by Daniel Libeskind is a unique building that explores the relationship with the past through a language of physical imprints that point to events and experiences of Jews in Berlin. Describe and analyze the building and its major elements to explain why you believe to elicits emotional responses in its visitors through materiality and light.
  1. Choose two architects from the following list. Compare and contrast their major concepts and ideas through their writings and their major architectural works.
    • Andrea Palladio;
    • Frank Lloyd Wright;
    • Louis Khan;
    • Le Corbusier;
    • Alvar Aalto;
    • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe;
    • Louis Sullivan;
    • Julia Morgan;
    • Richard Neutra;
    • Eero Saarinen;
    • M. Pei;
    • Philip Johnson;
    • Charles Moore;
    • Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown;
    • Michael Graves;
    • Sverre Fehn;
    • Steven Holl;
    • Tadao Ando;
    • Toyo Ito;
    • Richard Meier;
    • Robert Stern;
    • Zaha Hadid;
    • Frank O. Gehry;
    • Peter Zumthor;
    • Renzo Piano;
    • Daniel Libeskind;
    • Santiago Calatrava;
    • Alvaro Siza;
    • Moshe Safdie;
    • Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk;
  1. Arguably, one of the most beautiful bridges in the world is the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Describe (1) the history and the design of the bridge, (2) its construction, and the structural principles that make it stand.
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