REVERBERATIONS UNIT 2
The unit started off by talking about expressions of faith in stone and in glass. This was emphasized in the pyramids at Giza: the Egyptian, the Parthenon: Greek temple, the pantheon: the roman cosmos, and the Shikara: the Hindu cosmos. I learned about the evolution of churches, and the many different churches that were from that time 400-800 CE. Also about the multiple empires, and the fact that when Rome declines, the others flourish. The notion of surface vs. substance was introduced, the eye dances about the designs, catching the light and stories (form, space, and material). Lastly, the Hagia Sophia was mentioned. Some quotes were stated “I call architecture frozen music”- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) and “Architecture is music in space, as it were, a frozen music”- Friedrich Von Schelling (1775-1854).
Cognitive map: mental map: mind map. Thinking about things and recording them and the “method of loci” which is the oldest recorded method. Point-of-view: perception of the world. Unfolding scenes: a world of maps. The world map: Babylonia: 6th century CE. I learned about the map symbols being the circle, the four parallel vertical lines, the parallel horizontal lines, and the circle with a cross going through it. These were circles, groves, columns, and stacks. These four things are present everywhere you look in society. They are all around the UNC-G campus. The Gothic cathedrals were present at this time and in Notre Dame and the Roman city. Buildings were made to be tall and pointed at the sky symbolizing the connection of man to heaven
Florence vs. Cologne: symbol of landmark in the city: each cathedral stands as a sign. Circle represents divine form and the biggest dome created since the pantheon. It refuted the dark ages during renaissance. Circles represent divine form and perfection that man can not create. The cross is a human centered approach with no direct reference to classical times.
The great Eastern and Western design rule book. Western Europe, Asia, and North America. In 1200-1600 CE the renaissance comes to the world. The west was in the 14th and 15th centuries. The pantheon , Colosseum bringing both worlds together. Churches were more important than the city itself because it is significantly larger than any other building. All measures of things come back to human body in terms of measurements. The goal for both the east and the west was illumination. I learned about many places and buildings in Rome, Italy.
Colonial Expansion was the next topic in the class. I learned about lots of places in Paris, France including the Pantheon, and the Louvre. Also the revolution to revolution- a way for reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving. The American experience of seeing everything in different eyes as if the world is turned up side down. The design cycle adapted from anthropology. The Virginia state capitol, the university of Virginia, the plan for the district of Columbia, the white house or presidents house as it used to be known, the united states capitol building, the North Carolina state capitol, and the Tennessee state capitol building. the Greek revival: the Grecian style.
For me, the connecting theme of this unit is a shift in time. The unit begins with people changing their views on the design rules of the time but still holding mostly true to these rules. However by the end we see that the rules are broken regularly. People were no longer standing for anything like the past or the countries that once ruled them.My personal favorite week of this unit was architecture as frozen music. It really made me branch out in my ways of thinking as far as the depths to which architects design.