Ann Marie Borys
Advanced introduction to compositional strategies in architecture. Drawing on a historical survey of the development of Western architecture, the seminar investigates different compositional strategies and their relationship to cultural values and systems of meaning. Intended as complement to the design studio.
After an introductory overview of spatial paradigms and the fundamental design attributes of space, we will focus on compositional systems of the 19th and 20th centuries with a focus on neoclassical and modern architecture. We will look at the work of some well-known architects and some that may not be as familiar. Readings will explore the symbolic and poetic dimensions of space.
Student learning goals
Recognize the roles of proportion and geometry in shaping memorable space.
Recognize commonly used paradigms (natural and historical) in describing and designing space.
Understand 19th century architectural developments that led to the emergence of space as a design element.
Understand major compositional systems of 19th and 20th century architecture.
Be able to effectively use compositional strategies as a part of a design process.
Be able to analyze the compositional premises of historical works and to express their logic in new ways.
General method of instruction
The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and critique of student assignments.
Class assignments and grading