May 09, 2005

Architecture and Media Aesthetics

Anneís presentation Compared Architecture to Media Aesthetics: Ten Books on Architecture. The book she discussed was written by an architect by the name of Vitruvius. This book that consists of his work Anne said was one of most ďinfluential pieces of work on other architects.Ē

Anneís main focus was how architecture related to the human body. Anne used examples of Vitruviusís work to show how during this time period (early 20ís b.c) they used the human body measurement and itís geometry to build. An example is the famous drawing by Leonardo da Vinci based on Vitriviusís findings that you can draw a circle around the body when stretched out.

Anne showed in her presentation that certain columns were created to depict features in a woman or a man. Columns were created to be aesthetically pleasing to a particular audience.

There were three types of columns, Doric, Corinthian, and Ionic. When building these columns, particularly Doric, they did not know the symmetry. So they used a manís foot to measure a foot in length. And because the Doric columns were measured from a manís foot and signified strength this temple created with the Doric style was considered a temple for men (Gods) not Goddesses.

Anne continued with the Corinthian style columns; which were supposed to represent the graceful appearance of a virgin. These columns were said to be more slender and delicate, and the ornaments were unobtrusive. These columns were detailed and flowery compared to the plain style of the Doric.

And lastly there were the Ionic columns. These columns were the medium between the two former columns that were discussed. Ionic columns have a base at the bottom of them. And were an equal balance between the two.

Anne also showed pictures from her trip to the Carnegie Museum. She stated that the museumís columns were created for an aesthetically pleasing effect. The museumís Porch of Maidens was done in Ionic form which is neutral, neither male nor female dominate.

Anne also did a brief comparison of architecture and artwork and also a comparison with literature. She used Alice Walkerís A Color Purple to relate how architecture and people are also discussed in literature.
I found this to be a rather interesting point and I felt that maybe Anne could have gone more into that aspect in her paper.

She discussed how the most important estate in the U.S, the White House is actually designed to be equal. However, we have had a male president forever. I found that to be contradictive on the U.S part. But isnít that our government anyway? Present one thing and do another. She also expressed how the temple of Duamo in Florence Italy depicts the extreme importance of religion there because itís in the middle of the city and stands taller than everything else. Overall, I found her presentation to be great and I learned a lot because the topic was new and interesting to me.

Posted by Denishia Salter at May 9, 2005 11:16 AM
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