Sunday, January 30, 2011

Williams, IAR 221 Blog Post 3

Our group focused on technology. Both the acropolis and xianyang used columns to elevate the height to create an optical aillusion to make buildings appear larger. The acropolis uses columns to screen light through at a certain height and uses the height of the building to protect Athena. Both of these buildings use earth to elevate the building.

Space: The acropolis has many smaller buildings leading to the parthenon while the xinyang is power representing one person

Experience: The acropolis is more simplistic and you progress through each site to get to the top of the mountain.

Principles: The acropolis is made for god and not man while the palace was made for the emperor; however, they are both places of worship

Presence: The xianyang has a wall around the area for protection, and the acropolis is on top of the hill which also provides protection. Both of these buildings are designed symmetrical and project spaces with other spaces.

size: xingyang was made in the valley and used for more political meetings. The acropolis is built for religion and meant to praise Athena which is why it is on top of the hill.

Order: Hierarchy affecting ego, politics, power, worship in the acropolis and xingyang.

Scale: In both of the buildings it becomes more intimate the furthure you go inside and the outside is more elaborate.

Surface: The palace is monumental to show power and the acropolis is built from stone.

1 comment:

  1. Think about the column in general. What is its point? Besides the Wu Wu, it is to divide and frame space as well as structure. To frame the exterior natural world with the firmness of the natural world and bring that picture into the center aedicule. Therefore creating repitious linear division of nature. This creates an organized appreciation for nature as the mind tends to absorb better sectional framing of subject. This accompanied with entasis creates a monumental appreciation for creation of size space and experience. I think that is what you were touching on in the first paragraph.