photographs. Then, write approximately 200 words analyzing the building in the context of that word. Please provide specific evidence for your analysis: for example, what the building looks like (its form and materials), how it is organized (its program and circulation), and/or your experience there (its atmosphere). See the questions below for ways to approach these observations.
· Repeat this for an aspect of the building that is notshown in your photographs (so, a second word or phrase and a second paragraph).
· Identify a quote from a class reading that is relevant to the building and your observations. Under the quote, write a 200-word paragraph explaining why you selected this quote for this building in specific terms.
· This is not a report or a Wikipedia entry. These buildings are well-known; we are looking
for your specific ideas and observations, not generic facts. Provide data about the building
only if it is relevant to what you are discussing.
· Please do not explain that you could not access all parts of the building. Unless it’s relevant
to your arguments, focus on what you didsee.
· Avoid generic language like “modern,” “aura,” “vibe,” “beautiful,” and “amazing.” See the guide to writing about art and architecture provided as an example on Blackboard.
· It is OK to be personal/informal (using “I,” etc.), but make sure to back your impressions up with concrete evidence of what you’ve seen.
· Avoid repetitive photos; each photo should show something new. Try to think about possible words for the assignment during your visit, and use these ideas to explore specific aspects of the architecture in your images.
Some questions to think about as you visit and write:
· How does the building relate to the street and to the city around it? Are the buildings
nearby similar or different? Why might this be the case?
· How does the building interior relate to the exterior? Did you expect the interior to look like
it does? Does the exterior change, or is it uniform? Does the interior change, or is it uniform?
· What materials is the building made out of? Why do you think those choices were made?
· How is the building used? How much of it is publicly accessible? Is it more or less accessible
than you expected? What do you see that signals this to you?
· How do people enter and exit? How do people move around inside? How does this relate to
the building’s program? How does it relate to the street?
· Is the facade detailed or plain? Are interior elements (stairs, doors) detailed or plain? Do
you think there is a message that the building is trying to communicate? If so, what is it?
· What stands out to you right away? What do you notice only after spending some time in
· Is the building unusual to you? Why?
Grades are calculated out of 10 points in .25-point intervals, using the following rubric:
· Photos included as required (up to 2 points)
· Text included as required (up to .5 points each for two words, one properly cited quote, and
three paragraphs, for up to 3 points total)
· Relevance of selected quote (up to 1 point)
· Focus of each paragraph (up to 1 point)
· Presence of evidence / direct observation from the building (up to 1 point)
· Clarity of writing, specificity of language (up to 1 point)
· Originality/thoughtfulness of observations and conclusions (up to 1 point)