“The Front Porch” by Chester McCovey brings up how front porches aren’t used for socializing anymore and sit for a use of decoration. Front porches were the main social center in a house. Front porches connected a neighborhood. Front yards were used for kids to play, now it’s just another yard to decorate. Now people are out driving, sitting indoors in air conditioning, connecting on social media. As McCovey said: “So, a need or desire –to stay cool, to be entertained, to keep up with what’s going on – is replaced not be a different need or desire but instead by a new way of meeting it.” McCovey’s memory of the front porch reminded me of a place seldom seen anymore a genuine coffee shop.
After doing that for a while, Wolfe decided in 1905 on becoming a professional decorator (Munhall, 1999). Soon enough Wolfe came in contact with architect Stanford White who got Wolfe the commission to do the decoration in the city’s first only women’s club called “The Colony Club” located on Madison and 31st Street. When the Colony opened in 1907, what really got people talking about Wolfe style was the indoor garden pavilion. Wolfe introduced a casual, feminine style with an abundance of glazed chintz, tiled floors, light draperies, pale walls, wicker chairs, clever vanity tables, and the first of her many trellised rooms (Munhall, 1999). Over the next six years, Wolfe designed interiors for many esteemed private homes, clubs and businesses on the East and West coasts. Wolfe reputation had grown so much that her studio took up an entire floor of offices on 5th Avenue. Her greatest commission was from a man
The development of modern day architecture is very fascinating. Even though it has a very significant difference to architecture in the past, it still has many similarities. Many famous buildings we have today still show the same basic designs. For example, the Lincoln Memorial is very similar to the Parthenon.
Inside, rather than providing the order and simplicity that the modernists worshipped, Venturi’s design chose to surprise people with its contradictions. The interior design played with concepts of scale, with an oversized fireplace, and an undersized stairway which leads to nowhere. While the Vanna Venturi house is widely considered to be the first postmodern building, Robert Venturi insists he wasn’t trying to create a new movement. Maybe it was just ‘art’ and that “sometimes, rules are meant to be broken.” (Robert Venturi, wttw.com).
In Madeleine Thien’s stories, “Alchemy” and “House,” from Simple Recipes, the protagonists, Paula and Lorraine, suffer life-altering adversity as a result of the selfishness of their parents. Selfishness permeates both stories. “Alchemy” explores the effects of the violent selfishness of Paula’s father, the impermeable selfishness of Miriam and her family, and “House,” the indulgent selfishness of Lorraine’s mother, as well as the occupationally-driven selfishness of her father. In both stories, families are shattered by desertion and misery that projects well beyond the stories themselves. There are no qualities of character or effective survival strategies presented in either story that might be considered hopeful against the wreckage caused
structure of feeling, a set of assumption and practice that clearly marks a number of critiques of the modern project if not a breaking point with the just-past. Architecture claims to have a date for the death of modern architecture, 15th July 1972, in Missouri a prize winning complex of modern blocks of flats that had won awards as ‘modern design’ some 20 years earlier , had to be demolished when it proved to be unsuitable to live in (Plate 6,7). Such an action proclaims the death of International Style of modernist architecture, the end of buildings as machine for living in as suggested by Le Corbusier . Of course it would be wrong from our side to strictly state that what stands before the decade 1960-1970 is modern and what is after is
The Architectural Fantasy by Hubert Robert is an oil painting created in 1802. For an architectural painting, is displays much emotion through the use of color, line, and light. The painting does not utilize a multitude of colors but still is able to provide an exciting scene. Although it does not appear to be that large in the gallery, the work would actually be prominent if it were a standalone piece. The artist’s use of perspective, light, and color give the overall composition a balanced look.
When the Paris Exposition was first developed it was intended to be a major cultural fair that would highlight the successes of the modern world. Because of their large scale and elaborate design, the structures that were built to accompany this fair greatly influenced the concepts of fine architecture throughout the world. Soon the Paris Exposition became known as the major focal point of architecture for that time period. While this drove some architects toward eternal glory and fame, other major designers became enveloped with the concept of out doing the great works that had been exhibited in Paris, France. Throughout the novel Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Erik Larson`s use of extravagant
The PhD program in history of architecture and landscape architecture mainly focusses on understanding structural designs and their historical contexts over time. New designs have been adopted since the onset of architecture, and thus, with the concentration of a history of architecture, new phenomenon and innovations are realized that would help in further explanation and address of other necessities in the same sector. A concentration in the History of architecture and landscape architecture as a course incorporates more than one element of
The Hollyhock House was designed by Frank Lloyd and is regarded as his greatest achievement in California. It displays a mélange of architectural themes that works perfectly well, yet many people feel that he is not solely responsible for the work. The house was built for an oil heiress in the 1920s. This paper is out to analyze the Hollyhock house and later compare it to other works of art in regions like Asia and other parts of America. This house is architecturally a unique marvel that feels retro and futuristic at the same time, thus standing out as the most significant structure in the 20th century by American architects (Department of Culture Affairs, Los Angeles). In this discussion, the assumption is that Wright integrated regional aspects of the location of the
The Bauhaus is an Art and Architecture school founded in Germany in 1919. It is considered as the most influential art school in design history and the leading ideology in modernism that was a philosophical movement arose as result of rapid urbanization and industrialization in the early 20th century (Lewis, 2000, p.38). The name Bauhaus derived from the German word ‘bauen’ – to build and ‘haus’ which means the house (Mack, 1963, p.1). As the industrialization has been a dominating factor to the society, understanding about Bahaus’ ideas are still encouraged comprehended. This essay will discuss the aesthetic approach that rejected decorative details in the Bauhaus in which, the manipulation of art form and the use of design principles are
The 60’s in the United States, the peak in popularity of postmodernism in architecture and philosophy, are also the years that mark the construction of millions of residential houses across the United States. But as the famous American architects such as Venturi, Graves and Neutra explore the modernist ideas of simplicity and functionality while building skyscrapers and residential complexes for wealthy clients, one architect decides to experiment on his own with the concept of a modern house, and builds one for himself trying to test some of his original ideas. The Moore House built in 1962 by Charles Moore in the outskirts of sunny Orinda, California, peacefully sits on the slope of a sunlit valley surrounded by an oak forest that gives the
The start of modernism being the Pioneer Phase took place between the middle of the First World War and the crucial movements from 1929 to 1933, early 1930s being know as the International Style. Pioneer Phase is a chain of variations and individuals who took charge to the problems faced when dealing with the appropriate design that would symbolise the twentieth century. They did so by focusing on three core elements of design, architecture, graphics and furniture.(P.Greenhalgh,1990, p. 91) The Pioneer Phase could simply be classified as a collaboration of ideas in which designers envisioned how the world could create a way in which improves the “material conditions” and mould the consciousness of humankind.(P.Greenhalgh,1990, p. 3). Modernism
The Chrysler Building, New York, is one of the most admired Art Deco style skyscrapers in history. This essay will analyse the Chrysler Building contextually and evaluate the applicability of the theoretical features of the early Modern Movement, as described by Paul Greenhalgh, to it in an attempt to determine exactly what it is that makes the Chrysler Building the icon that it is today.
Modernism design came in many forms from door handles to influential architectural feats. The Machine age made artists think differently and influence design today. In the following essay, I will analysis the work of Walter Gropius, an early modern German architect and how his designs had an impact on an improving society and his moral ideas. I will also discuss whether Modernist ideas and principles may still be relevant to contemporary design through the work of Gropius.