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03 Feb 2011

Is Brasilia an urban Utopia?

Case study - 4 pages - Architecture

The region of Brasilia came into being on April 21, 1960. Today, it is the capital of Brazil. It was built at the request of President Juscelino Kubitschek and was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa. In this paper we will try to answer the question of whether or not Brasilia fits the role...

11 Jan 2011

The future of architecture lies in the Middle East

Thesis - 3 pages - Architecture

Persuasion is one of the strongest weapons in the history of English language. The persuasive powers of the English language are unlimited. Writers have long used English as a creative tool to convey messages to their readers, express certain feelings, reflect specific images,...

29 Sep 2010

Introduction to modern China - the relationship between Chinese architecture and urban culture: Beijing

Case study - 5 pages - Architecture

Beijing has not originated as the capital of China. As early as history can date back, the city was not even called Beijing. It was always known as the ?Northern Capital' in China. This was how Beijing was called and known prior to the rule of the third Ming emperor, Yongle, who then declared...

19 Jul 2010

Preserving modern history: The Flood Building of San Francisco

Thesis - 1 pages - Architecture

Situated just outside of Powell Station and next to the cable-car turnaround, the Flood Building is located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. It fits snuggly into a somewhat diagonally-shaped plot of land, an usual feature for an urban office building. The building's high-style, polished...

28 Dec 2009

The complexity and meaning behind the structure of the Colosseum

Thesis - 6 pages - Architecture

The Colosseum in Rome is a piece of architecture that has captured the imagination of humanity for generations. Although marble was taken from the Colosseum by popes and other similar figures in the years after it had fallen into disuse in order to build other buildings, the outward look...

29 Jul 2009

1992: A year of trends in Canadian architecture

Thesis - 4 pages - Architecture

“A national architecture implies the existence of common traditions unified by the sense of a common undertaking. In the Canadian case the traditions were immigrant as were the people, but the enterprise in its geographical setting is distinctive; it is in their interaction that a Canadian...

29 Apr 2009

Architecture 2005 - Canadian and international trends in context

Thesis - 6 pages - Architecture

Architectural design philosophy has transformed from the high modernism of the early 20th century, from classic functional international style which dominated North American architectural practices up until the 1970s, to be replaced by the anti-modern or the post-modern. (Ghirardo, 1996) However,...

27 Apr 2009

Ibn Tulun Mosque - A study of Islamic architecture and its political, cultural and spiritual meaning

Thesis - 5 pages - Architecture

This paper will discuss the Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo, one of the first Islamic Mosques built in Egypt. It will explore the symbolic meaning and the cultural aspects of the mosque design and its place within Tulun's dynasty. Petersen writes that the mosque is the central architectural form of...

26 Apr 2009

Exploring Henri Lefebvre's ideas on the everyday in debates on architecture of the city

Thesis - 6 pages - Architecture

This paper will explore ideas in the writings of Henri Lefebvre, beginning with a summary of Dell Upton's article “Architecture in Everyday Life” which touches on the set of debates about what Lefebvre was suggesting in his idea of the intersection of materiality, imagination, and...

15 Jan 2009

The architectural dimension of museums

Essay - 6 pages - Architecture

My decision to retain the architectural dimension of museums in their modern and contemporary acceptation as the central theme of my study has been orientated by personal grounds as well as it has been prompted by technical reasons. Indeed, my profound interest in architecture has invited me to...

18 Dec 2008

Ottoman architecture: Mosques of Istanbul

Essay - 6 pages - Architecture

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, better known as the Blue Mosque, is located in Istanbul, Turkey in Sultanahmet Square. It was commissioned by Sultan Ahmed I in 1609 to be the first imperial mosque built by the Ottoman Empire in over forty years. The mosque was given the name “Blue” by foreign...

12 Nov 2008

Skyscrapers: An American urban art form

Essay - 5 pages - Architecture

It isn't often that we think of buildings as works of art. We have a word to describe the art of designing buildings and structures - architecture - but to most of us, buildings are things of purpose, not things to be admired. We pass in and out of them, conducting our business, and never give a...

03 Jun 2008

The Ethical Issues Surrounding the Compensation of Architects

Tutorials/exercises - 6 pages - Architecture

Over the course of the last decade, organizations in the United States have been faced with balancing financial needs and ethical considerations. In many cases, organizations must consider what practices can be utilized to help maintain a healthy ethical climate in the organization while still...

13 May 2008

Fractals In African and Indian Architecture

Essay - 2 pages - Architecture

In 1977, a mathematical pattern received its name as Benoit Mandelbrot proclaimed that he "coined [the term] fractal from the Latin adjective fractus. The corresponding Latin verb frangere means to break to create irregular fragments. It is therefore sensible and how appropriate for our needs! -...

14 Apr 2008

Roman Aqueducts & Water Supply: With a case study of Ilion

Essay - 8 pages - Architecture

Modern day water supplies in the United States are supported by ground water, aquifers, lakes, and rivers. Water from these sources is then distributed through a collection of pipes into almost all American homes and apartments. Although water distribution is still a very complex system, it is...

08 Oct 2007

The Glass House Designed by Philip Johnson New Canaan, CT (1949)

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Architecture

Over fifty years ago, the “Harvard Five” architects descended upon New Canaan, CT to build houses for themselves and their clients. These architects, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Eliot Noyes, and Philip Johnson designed some of the most famous modern houses all within the...

08 Oct 2007

The AEG Factory in Berlin: Designed by Peter Behrens

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Architecture

Throughout the latter half of the 18th and through the 19th century, architecture remained stagnant in design and innovation. There were many great buildings designed during the time, but they all were stuck in the past, usually echoing the Gothic and Greek structures of old. It...

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