Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day 3 Reflections by JiaEn

What is architecture?

Architecture is giving physical form to visual imagination of a concept or story with inspiration. It is not only about building infrastructures, but putting also to instill style into other objects. There are many ways that a structure can be built and it greatly differs, affecting how the structure will look and reflect its purpose.

What are the essential considerations when one architects a building / structure?

It is important to consider the purpose of the structure and the supposed appropriate impression and image reflected of it. For example, the Cathedral Notre Dame of Vietnam uses gothic architecture, which makes the cathedral darker. The stained glass windows are the sources of light , also showing the essence of creation and complex beliefs, and the tall, long yet narrow interior is used to reflect the feeling that the people are in Heaven. It fits the purpose of the cathedral very well. The General Post Office also uses neoclassical architecture, like thecathedral, but is more well-lit and spacious-looking in comparison. This is because the purpose of the 2 buildings are different and it is important that the building reflects a suitable image.

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