Thursday, April 28, 2011

Unit Summery 3

This unit was about explorations and the branching out of design through the perception of globalization and the world as a design movement over design simply in specific regions. With the new knowledge of surroundings design advanced to create a broader view of incorporation of all designs world wide, bringing them together to form new outlooks and ideas.
28 Mar world’s fairs
30 arts + crafts
1 Apr re-form : surface vs. substance
The arts and crafts movement as said by Massey was the most important design reform movement to affect the interior in the nineteenth century. This movement strongly influenced the concept of what an interior should appear to be with contradictions or comparisons to the exterior. It brought about the idea of surface decoration dominance and encouraged the use of original craftsmanship. The arts and crafts movement created a new light on interior design allowing the orientation of and interior to incorporate styles and decorations from different time periods brought together to create and interior of its own with out precedent. This movement encouraged interior design as a different organization of ideas than the architectural building and brought about the inspiration of specialist in interior decoration.
4 influences on design: art movements
6 searching for a style
8 the implications of war
During the 19th century England utilized colonization to establish itself as the world power using political intimidation and military force as a way of disempowering surrounding nations. Paris during this time undertook the rebuilding of the center of the city inspiring the United States to begin the City Beautiful movement. This movement instigated the development of monumental buildings, trains stations and courthouses. Its goal in a way seems to have been to make cities more appealing and inviting, to take away the appearance of its intentions and industrialization of it all and to bring beauty back into the equation as well as nature.
11 multiple modernisms
13 criticisms
15 the Scandinavians
Modernism; an architectural style either accepted or rejected by architects in the past and present. It is the abstraction of simple forms, often-geometrical shapes and an architectural design without precedent or at the time guidelines. Modernism was and is a style that was built off of experimentation and often emphasizing the architectural building and its extremities more so than the use of which it was intended for. Some architects such as Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier not only took the first steps in the creation modernism but thought it genius as an art and took it upon themselves to encourage the movement across the world. Where is others such as Hans Wegner believed in more of the functionality of things through simplicity rather than the so-called artistic appeal. The Scandinavians believed in the simplicity of an object made specifically for its use and within these guidelines the design develops.

18 two views of design
25 more reactions
In the two views of design we discussed the right of passage to become a designer; through education or experience? In the means of becoming a designer it truly relies on the person, their talents and capabilities and the way that they best develop and establish themselves. Every designer is different through their backgrounds, their inspirations and their goals, making every style, movement or trend in the past reinterpreted into the future as whatever the designer conceives through his or her own interpretations. In any case a designer must find his or her own way in order to establish themselves into the opportunities that may lie ahead.
Through all of the design movements in this unit we learned of the importance of the past influential designs designers and design explorations that bring us to what we have today. Every aspect of design is a result of the past through its technological advances to new ways of thinking about design as a whole. All of which bring us to the endless possibilities of design today and what we have in stored in our futures.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Discussion on Design Star

What role does education play in interior design? discussion
Some believe that education handicaps design in a way because of the walls it creates. In the way of developing a designer, it puts them all into one category brought up in the same way with the same guide lines and in return everyone sticks to these guidelines. Where in actuality education does the opposite, without education you are masked to what you already know or become interested in. Where is with education your knowledge id broadened and developed through the learning of all subjects that you possibly would have never been introduced to, to begin with, with out education. Education helps you to develop your interest, skills, and ideals through introduction to all forms of design throughout history. Giving you a better perspective on design as a whole or broken down into each small detail that may make up a design. It gives you an upper hand in developing your own ideas by being more knowledgeable about the world.
How important are credentials and experience for the design field?
In order to be a established designer it is all about your experience and credentials. We learn through experience in order to become experienced in anything that we do and therefore that is how we earn our credentials.
What do you think about taking a holistic approach to design?
I believe that a design is developed through a process to become a whole and any holistic approach taken to it, to begin with is subject to change. There are so many components that make up a design as a whole that it seems impossible to begin thinking of it all put together without each specific component that is created during the developing process of the design. In the developing process of a design it is exactly that developing each component of the design may influence it to change into something completely different than the original idea.
What experience and life skills does a designer bring to the profession + what does the design star think?
A designers experience and life skills come from internships, schooling and really just getting out their and allowing yourself to become involved in as many design aspects as possible. Design star believes in a way that you are born with the ability to design end of story, a persons design capabilities lie within themselves and there inspiration, no back ground knowledge necessary in order to create incredible designs.
what is the role of the media in the interior design?
Media has the capabilities to spread information and ideas throughout the populous. In terms of whether the information and ideas behind the media that supplies the entertainment is correct and not deceiving is always debatable depending on the source. Media spreads the concepts and ideas behind interior design becoming a mix of informational entertainment. Sometimes skewing the process behind interior design to create it more for entertainment. At the same time it encourages regular home owners that may have never thought of changing anything within their homes to make it their own.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

BP 13

One of the most influential Scandinavian designers would be Hans Wegner in his views of simplicity and functionality. Such as his design of the peacock chair made of solid ash frame and rope seat. A chair made beautifully in its reference to the peacocks plume.
As said by Wegner "There is much confusion today about what is modern, what is functional, and my hope always is that people will not be drawn to novelty but will learn to value what is simple and pure in good design. And things should do the job they are designed for. I don't think that's asking too much." This new way of thinking about modern design changed the outlook of many in their approach towards designing. The idea that Modern design did not necessarily have to deal with the technological movement or the simplification of form but instead should deal with the functionality broadened the possibilities for designs of any form. In my opinion this view improved the modern movement in the way that it should have originally begun. What good is an incredibly designed building that is not easily functional in the means that it was intended for, other than to be admired. The legacy of Scandinavian modern has influenced architecture of today in the rational thinking behind functionality being the most important guideline in designing.

Monday, April 11, 2011

BP 12

The Sydney Opera House
This multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney Australia has seven performance venues the Concert Hall, the Opera Theater, Playhouse, Drama Theater, The Studio, the Forecourt and the Utzon Room. As well as some 1000 rooms, including five theaters, five rehearsal studios, two main halls, four restaurants, six bars and several souvenir shops. This structure is beautifully built to tower over the water, with its shells that look like sails on the water.
It proves itself of good design for all not only in its large capacity to enthrall you into the world of music and art but also be extremely efficient for everything that of which it was intended. The opera was was made not only to host some of the worlds greatest musicians and artist but also for it to be marveled in its complex structure and not take away from the music but to emphasize it and make it a full body experience. The opera house enables people of all different backgrounds to come together and experience not simply music but the impact of it flowing throughout the structure and impacting their surroundings. facts about the sydney opera house

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Unit Summery 2

In this Unit the main topic was reverberations, which is the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped, caused by multiple reflection of the sound within a closed space or in short terms a reechoed sound. Through this topic we were taught first of the literal meaning, in the affects of music and architecture and there influences on one another. Then in a more metaphorical way of the reverberations of architecture though out history.
Feb. 7th: eyes dance across surface, music unfolds, light washes from above, worship spaces stand as tangible expressions of faith in glass and stone.
7th-expression of faith in stone + glass
9th-is all architecture frozen music
In this first week of the new unit one of the main concepts that stands in my mind is the relation between architecture and music and the idea behind the two complementing each other. David Byrne is the man that developed this way of thinking, he states of how architecture helped music evolve. With the influence of different spaces or regions on instruments, vocals, and or materials used, every type of music was influenced by the acoustics of the space of which they were in, as well as the other way around. Architecture evolved in many ways to better fit certain instrumentals.
Feb.14th: the first millennium ends, the modern world map unfolds: we see more enlightened places + people that previous notion of the “dark ages”
14th-unfolding scenes: a world of maps
16th-coke can cathedral
18th-regions + perspectives
We were then introduced to the introduction of maps and the ideas of more of a worldview and different perceptions through regions. The first idea behind a map or visual aid diagram was originally used by rhetoric students in ancient Rome as the” method of loci”. This is the method of memory and being able to recall different places, objects, or anything that they aim to remember. With this method students were able to create a sort of mental map. With this new view of the world architectures possibilities were expanded and people’s receptions were broadened.
Feb.21st: making rules to break with gothic ideas and re-link to the ancients of the western world: observing continuities with the past in the east.
21st-the great eastern + western design rule book
23rd-dialogues + conversations
25th-architecture of happiness
The renaissance comes to the world and is demonstrated through other buildings besides churches and cathedrals. The idea behind a building being able to influence a person spiritually and not necessarily religiously comes into play. There becomes a division between the east and west architecturally. They both create a rulebook of sorts but they follow different rules, the east maintains continuity with the past where is the west inspired to revive the past using classical language. Once these rulebooks are created, what is there to do next but break them? They begin to break them through detail, and in the way that the gothic period demonstrated power through height, they begin to emphasize it more through width and the amount of landscape a building could occupy.

Feb.28th: as western rules made + written, designers work across genre + scale to bend and break them; eastern designers maintain a continuous approach.
28th-spare no expense
2nd-coloring outside the lines
Across all scales there is great continuity in the baroque period which becomes the last great design movement. Throughout the renaissance the aim was to demonstrate the serene appeal of everything. Where is the baroque architecture aimed to show more of the movement in everything. The architects begin to occupy as much of the landscape as possible, not only involving the structure but also the landscape itself. Such as Versailles, hall of mirrors which links the palaces rooms with the gardens and giving it the appeal of much larger than it already is. The buildings begin to influence the gardens surrounding it. The goals of the elite are no longer height and mass but to exaggerate their power by the amount of land they own.
Mar.14th: colonial expansion brings ideas + people around the world, in the encounters, emulations and maintaining differences both become important.
14th-colonial expansion: breaking new ground
16th-semiotics + language
18th-an architecture parlent
With colonial expansion people from different regions of the world are introduced to new ideas and concepts pertaining to architecture. As said by Roland Barthes “There exist a normally hidden set of rules, codes, and conventions through which meanings particular to specific social groups are made universal.” Different regions have different climates and are affected in different ways by the material they have at hand, so that each region may have its own style and influences from the past that influence the architecture that surrounds them. In colonial expansion people from all over the world could expand their knowledge of the world and in turn many influential styles were translated back to the regions of which the people came from. Where is at the same time many cultures strived to make what was there’s different from the rest. Semiotics and language play a large role in any description or interpretation of architecture and therefore are a part of the architecture itself in the ways that I can be known.
Mar.21st: architecture and design obscure significant political, social, and cultural change brought by revolution and invention throughout the world.
21st-turning matters on end
23rd-industrial revolution and the world goes ‘round
25th-the dollar bill exercise
Through industrial revolution building began to be made more for efficiency than beauty. With the new machinery, products could be produced in mass quantities and at a faster rate. This also influenced the beginning of the modern movement, which continues on today, with this new engineering approach people could produce a new radical house, building or place in a faster more dramatic way.
The architects began to attempt and leave the past in the past and take a more futuristic approach to building in a way of complete originality of design with no precedents. Still today even with the attempts to leave the past in the past and create new original ideas influences of the past surround us. Just as in the dollar bill exercise, where we examined the dollar bill and came to realize the small effects of our past always playing a part in our futures.
All of this comes together in how each small aspect of the past, whether through music, colonial expansion, or the industrial revolution has influenced everything of what we are surrounded by today. Each new idea or concept, every architect willing to go against the trends and start a new style, and with the new worldly view architects have grown and influenced history as we know it today.