This is a paper that is requiring the student to understand and interpret the works of architecture in this course. The paper also provides additional information to use in writing this assignment paper well and concisely.
Understand and interpret the works of architecture in this course
Works of architecture can be understood and interpreted as historical, cultural, and aesthetic products. They are directly related to the time and place in which they were produced and who designed and built them. For Paper 1, each student will select one work of architecture, covered in the course, to focus on. In the study of this work of architecture, students should carefully investigate the specifics of the architecture itself, as well as historical movements, contemporary styles / trends, creative works (literature, art, dance, etc), client requests and needs, local resources, site specifics, and other factors in efforts to understand how a work of architecture came into being. To understand and interpret these works, students should utilize a range of sources and materials, such as: photographs; written history; interviews; design and construction documents; material sources and also selections; and more.
Choose one work of architecture covered in the course, either in lectures or the textbook. Write a 3,000-word paper that studies and interprets the work of architecture as a historical, cultural, and also aesthetic product.
The paper should be a holistic interpretation of the work of architecture, investigating a range of internal and also external factors. The paper SHOULD NOT be a research report or book report, which is focusing on the recounting of facts or is solely describing the work of architecture. This paper SHOULD BE an interpretation of the information students discover about the work of architecture and take a unique position. Analysis and synthesis of research is to produce a paper that satisfies this assignment.
The paper must include a thesis statement, which states this unique position and guides the organization of the paper. This thesis statement communicates the ‘big idea’ for the paper to the reader and is backing up by evidence / research. This assignment challenges you to interpret the work of architecture for yourself. What are your ideas about the work of architecture as a historical, cultural, and also aesthetic product? Additional guidance about formulating this thesis statement is offering in the “Paper 1 Outline” assignment.