Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Grammar : Syntax

Transition is moving for one thing to another, one concept to another. Looking back at the history of architecture and design it is clear that there are countless transitions from the beginning of time to present day. We look on the past and see that things either transition, or stay the same, I am for the transition. 
Take Amines cathedral for example, it is known as the epitome of the high French gothic style. But the gothic style changed and we look at Versailles in all of its rococo grandeur. This is a clear transition from one style to another. Transitions come with new ways of thinking, and new technologies.(Roth 336)

In theater or a movie a character is define
d by not only their physical condition, but their personality and all that jazz. In design we define character in much the same way. Its the details and differences of a space that make it stand out as a difference. When you go to home shows you compare your house to that house, which usually makes you begin to wonder why you don't live like that. Oddly shaped walls, custom windows, etc. all the small things add up to give an object/space/place its character. The church of San Carlo Alle Quattro Fontane has "...a facade that undulates like rolling waves, one of the first such undulating facades." (Roth 411)

Who is the object/space/place for? Is it a specific custom set of drawers to fit in an awkward space? Or is it going to be sold at Target for the masses to use and enjoy? Public v. private."To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need."
Charles Eames

Taking a second, third, and forty fifth look at what you are working on, with a new perspective, and experiencing new moments, and making changes, some for the better or for the worse. Revision isn't always viewed as a good thing. Take for instance the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, which was recently renovated. It was the Edward Durell Stone building, which was mocked when it was first built being called a "lollipop building" referring to the critique of Ada Louise Huxtable in which she called it a "die-cut Venetian palazzo on lollipops." Since then it had become one of the most recognizable building in New York as well as one of the most photographed. Seven different organizations deemed it worthy of being historically preserved, the site never went on public hearing and was doomed to be renovated in 2005. Long story short the building was renovated and people are not happy that it was, and that the grey paneling that says "hi".

A line that unifies a composition by giving the eyes a sense of rest. In Perception and communication our group use a datum line at the bottom of our board to make the composition more complete.