Architecture and Design

The design blog is an essential part of this course. Your blog will be used to keep track of stylistic characteristics of designs that are covered in this class and that you observe, either in person or from images.

For each style covered in the unit, find at least one example of an interior component used in a modern way. Selections may include entire rooms or specific items within an interior (furniture, fabric, use of space, etc.…). In this entry, please include styles from Gothic, Italian, French, and English Renaissance. This will be 4 separate pages, 1 for each style listed. (at least 200 words for each page)

Good sources for this material include: Interior Design Magazine, Metropolis, Houzz.com, Elle Decor and professional associations’ publications. Do not use images from books or magazines that are specifically about the assigned style (i.e., do not Google “Egyptian furniture” and cut and paste an image).

An example of a Design Blog (Unit 2) is provided as a guide on what is expected. Note: this is one of many ways to create a blog. Do not let this example limit your creativity; the only take away from this example is the combination of text and images. Be sure to provide sufficient text and images within your blogs each week.

Include a brief description of the item/interior, where you observed it, and why you place it in the particular design style. Also include any personal thoughts; please remember to include links and images.

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Architecture and Design

Scenario

Your local library has decided to hang artwork in its lobby. You volunteer at the library and heard that the director of the library plans to go to the mall and buy artwork off the shelf in a home decor store to decorate the walls.

You are outraged, and feel that the library presents an ideal space for more meaningful public displays. After all, your town has such a rich and interesting history, and there are some artists and craftspeople living in the area. You decide to approach the City Council Chair to voice your concerns, but he informs you that the library is on a tight budget, and he doesn’t see the need to spend too much of tax payers money on “decorations.”

You now plan to attend the next City Council meeting to convince the town to do more with the exhibiting space at the library, and that it doesn’t have to be expensive if the displays are cultivated from regional resources.

Instructions
For this assignment, you must pick another American city.

List five significant creations in your city/town, such as buildings in different styles of architecture, bridges, and public art. Include the year each item was created.
Arrange the chosen creations in chronological order, along with names of their creators.
Explain the major styles/periods in art to which each of the five creations/selections relate. Include your rationale for your selection.
Identify three additional local creative residents from the past and present, whose work could potentially be displayed at the library. List the forms of art for which they are known.
Your timeline should be printable so that it can be distributed to City Council members and attendees at the meeting. Use the timeline templates found under the Insert tab to create a printable timeline.
Clearly label your chosen location.

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