Picasso Museum

When we were in Barcelona we also visited Picasso Museum which is located in the Old Town. The museum displays mainly works from Picasso’s youth so that we can understad his stylistic changes. He donated the complete series Las Meninas (1957) which consits of 58 paintings. To make room for exhibits, the surrounding houses were constantly added to the museum.

 

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ARCH222 Presentation I

presentationIn our ARCH222 course we were assigned to make presentation about the given topics that related to our course by group of 2 or 3. We were assigned to read the first letter of Crystal Chain which is written by Bruno Taut.

You can reach our presentation from the link: Bruno Taut

Beton Workshop

There was a workshop about concrete, which is organized by the our school’s Architecture and Design Society. The community invited C40 Design to explain how and where the concrete can be used.

We designed our boxes and then we filled the boxes with concrete. We mixed the cement, water and sica with our own hands. I think it was a good experience for us because for the first time we felt a material. Then, we waited them to dry and we exhibited the final products in our school’s underpass.

 

 

LATE POST: History of Architecture: 1350-1500

Humanist Italy 

Between 14th and 15th centuries, arts and architecture revived ancient Greco-Roman culture to bring the humanist idea. Italian artists and architects tried to understand and discover the main concept of designs and tried to make use of them in their products instead of just copying the past. That’s why new architecture in Italian cities had geometric basis, more uniform scale and harmonious proportions linked to the classical orders. The rebirth of ancient art and architecture not only carried an aesthetic agenda but also implied the restoration of a lost ideal social and political order.

In 14th century the rich merchant families of the parliament channeled their sources into great civic projects, including the public palace now called Palazzo Vecchio, the new cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the public market of Or San Michele, the city walls and the bridges. Most public works in this century they used rounded arches, symmetrical placed bays and harmonious proportions based on whole numbers in Florence.  To this, the Florentines added a new way of seeing treating buildings as freestanding objects in proportional space.

The Dome of Florence and Its Architect, Filippo Brunelleschi

The dome that covers the Florence cathedral is known as Brunelleschi’s dome. When it was designed, it was the largest dome in the world. He proposed a structure that would support itself during the process of construction. Its structure is a double shell supported by sturdy pillars.

Brunelleschi conserved the dome’s pointed arches and ribs from the Gothic scheme of a few generations earlier, while adding several all’antica motifs to the exterior, some of which included Corinthian half-columns showing his familiarity with the monuments of the ancient. Double dome is significant feature of that period. Also, light is another important aspect of the dome and the domes are very high like Gothic specifics.