Presentation on theme: "Introduction to Architecture. “Reading” architecture requires us to allow buildings to “speak” to us. But how can inanimate objects speak to us? Especially."— Presentation transcript:
Firmitas/Stucture will always be a function of: Advances in engineering Availability and strength of materials Cost available for materials Other historical and geographical factors “Architecture is the adaptation of form to resist force.” John Ruskin (19 th c.)
All structures seek a balance between tension and compression. Traditionally there were two ways to handle this: through trabeated structures or through arcuated structures.
Venustas art beauty elevation Hertziana, Rome Gugenheim Museum, Bilbao
What makes architecture good? Does it express its function in a meaningful, interesting, and appealing way? Does it seem to “fit” its surroundings (by complementing or contrasting with it in an interesting and meaningful way)? Is its design and execution structurally sound? Does it create a meaningful (interesting, surprising, enjoyable, delightful, disturbing etc.) space? Will it endure? Has it endured?
Analyzing a Building: Space: Solids and Voids Scale and Proportion Weight & Mass Basic Design Elements
Analyzing a Building: Space: Solids and Voids – Symmetry – Asymmetry