Reat Mosque of the masjid-i-jami, isfanhan,Iran 1088
The length must be between 3000-3500 words10 full typewritten pages, double spaced, and not counting illustrations.
a) CONTENT: BASIC COMPONENTS:
-a thorough DESCRIPTION of the building, the setting, the motivations in constructing it, the client, the users, the intended activities, the buildingas major contents and ornamentations, the architect, the history of its evolving uses, its present conditiona¦whatever. Can you, in your writing, bring the building alive and give the reader a full sense of what it is, why and how it came to be, why it is an important architectural statement? This description should be about 2 to 2 A? pages max. Following it, or else integrated into your overall text, be sure to confront the following 4 issues that constitute more of a CRITICAL ANALYSIS of the design so it is not merely endless description. They are:
1) THE INFLUENCE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Buildings are inevitably designed to protect people and their activities from the extremes of climate. Look for decisions such as the placement of the building toward the breezes and/or away from the heat of the sun, how tall and narrow versus how low and wide the spaces are, the size, direction and placement of the windows, the steepness of the roofs, whether there are warming fireplaces or cooling atriums. All of these have climatic implications: how do you keep a building cool in a hot climate or warm season, and how do you keep it warm in a cool climate or cold season?
References: JJPas introductory lecture on a?Vernacular Architecture: what the course is nota?
a?Primitive Architecture and Climatea? by James Marsden Fitch and Daniel Branch
2) THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIETY
Buildings are always designed for human use and comfort, to permit regular activities to easily occur and to dignify important rituals, but they also embody shared societal values and make visible communal symbolisms. They may help people remember an important past; they may also aspire to a desired future. How well did the building achieve comfort and efficiency for its tenants is one question, but beyond that, what was it supposed to meanto the people of that region, culture and era? References: House Form and Culture
Meaning in Western Architecture
Christian Norberg Schulz
3) THE INFLUENCE OF TECHNOLOGY
What are the building materials: stone, wood, concrete or a combination? Where did these materials come fromnear or far? Is it a fairly typical and ordinary building in terms of these materials, built at a time when most builders cut small stones and piled them up? Or is there something truly unique and innovative in terms of its very tall towers or very wide domes, vast numbers of laborers or enormously long or short construction times? Were there any unusual construction methods? Highly sophisticated machineries? Were rare and fine materials used to build or ornament? References: Why Buildings Stand Up
4) THE INFLUENCE OF THE ARTISTRY
A simple shelter is a mere building, but a piece of architecture is designed to be a work of art. What artistic propertiessuch as rhythm, proportion, harmony, contrast, etccharacterize your selected project? It was constructed to embody the particular vision of an architectwhose name we may or may not know. This topic deals with the particularities of style.
References: Experiencing Architecture
Steen Einer Rasmussen
The Dynamics of Architecture
An awareness of the interplay of each of the above categories will lead you to a deeper understanding of the building, how and why it was shaped. This is exactly how the introductory lectures analyze the buildings presented. Listen to them closely. At the end of your paper, draw CONCLUSIONS that explain how you have come to appreciate your building. What do you respond positively or negatively to? Now that you understand the building in some depth, how do you like it?
b) ILLUSTRATIONS are an absolute necessity to visually help explain what you are
discussing. You could easily scan in digital images or else trim and mount photocopies of drawings and photos, they can be your own sketches. They can be placed as the end of your paper or, better yet, interspersed throughout.
The sources of each of your images also need to be identified.
c) The term paper must follow the CHICAGO STYLE, with proper footnoting and a respectable bibliography an absolute necessity. Higher grades will be influenced by the quality of the writing, the effective uses of footnotes/endnotes plus a solid bibliography, including the accurate listing of all of your internet sources. Balance the internet sources with some excellent university library hardcopy texts. Know also that you are being explicitly warned about
d) PLAGIARISM. Any violations of the university policy on academic integrity will be harshly dealt with. Basic Information detailing the Chicago Style can be found in some postings on the courseas Blackboard site. detailed instructions are at: howdoi.jsp?topiccite_items.htm&bhcp1