Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Unit Summary #2


It holds your thought,
your mind is caught,
it's backward elevation.
You see reverberation,
in your latest incarnation.
You think it's a sensation,
but it's just reverberation.

Throughout time there have been many patterns one of with is the pattern of reverberations. Reverberation is the collection of reflected sounds from the surfaces in an enclosure like an auditorium. In design this is equivalent to how design styles and practices are echoed over the globe and eventually run together so that you can not tell them apart. However there have been times of distinct styles and architecture practices which are a period of making rules and following then, followed by a time of breaking those rules, and then a period of putting them back together again.

 Assume that the sound source is a design language and the listener is someone trying to identify that language. That language is broken up and echoed every where else and is mixed with others sources making a combinations of languages.

In 400 to 800 A.D the Gothic style was the main way of building large structures. This style is characterized by the steep inclines on towers and spreading out of the building horizontally and the repetition of forms. All these elements make the structures dominate the landscape and demand a sense of hierarchy to the community. Along with this era came a set of RULES OF DESIGN. These rules created a universal set of design practices in the east and west and tied the two areas together. Some of the rules are
  • Revive the past with classical language which is using precedence to influence design and celebrating the ancient styles.
  • Strive for harmony and order so that everything belongs together and presents clarity and rationality.
  • Layer groves and stacks when possible.
  • Celebrate surface through materiality.
  • Place man at the center of ALL design.
  • Representing what you see through perspective.
  • Expanding the physical world
All these rules connected the time and countries together but sadly since the rules had been written down it was now time to BREAK THEM.

The style that broke all these rules was the Baroque and Rococo movements. Both movements push the envelope of design in making things look like they could not happen. This style was one of highly decorated structure so the eye did not know where to stop and the elements ungulates in and out, up and down so you felt a sense of movement similar to flowing water. This era was one of leaping outside the design box but toward the end of the movement the styles were moved outside the home into the gardens and lawn and the homes moved back inside the box that was built according the the OLD RULES OF DESIGN.

Putting the rules back together was more about taking all the past precedence including the baroque and rococo movements and incorporating them into the pre-existing set of rules, codes, and conventions through which meanings particular to specificity social groups are made universal. These new buildings were all about symmetry, balance, and boundaries. The inside design also reflects this by matching sets of furniture and more gentile decorations.

http://reverb-eration.blogspot.com/  (used for poem about reverberation however the blog didn't have who wrote it)

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