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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE
THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM
(ARC61303/ARC2224)
SYNOPSIS: REACTION ...
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE
THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM
(ARC61303/ARC2224)
SYNOPSIS: REACTION ...
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE
THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM
(ARC61303/ARC2224)
SYNOPSIS: REACTION ...
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  1. 1. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARC61303/ARC2224) SYNOPSIS: REACTION PAPER (MARCH 2017) Name: YAN WAI CHUN ID No.: 0319626 Lecturer: MR. PRINCE FAVIS ISIP Tutorial Time: Reader/Text Title: LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS, THE FORGETTEN SYMBOLISM OF ARCHITECTURAL FORM. Synopsis No: 1 Author: ROBERT VENTURI, DENISE SCOTT BROWN, STEVEN IZENOUR The author pointed that, Modern architecture defines the uniqueness of content of a building by its spatial characteristics and this as the fundamental or essential aspect that separated architecture and arts which could bring into a building. With the emphasized spatial characteristics might enough the deliver the architecture intention or messages, but the forsaken of tradition iconology such as paintings and arts diluted the identity and architecture of a building. So, the integration of culture and tradition in architecture is critical to protrude the identity of a building. Giving Las Vegas as an example, architecture as a symbol in space which implementing the persuasion elements and this architecture has been used in the commercial vernacular. With the architecture of persuasion along the Vegas Strip, communication dominates through the sense of orientation in space with the influence of signs. Thus, this symbolic communication in the vast space formed the connection which generates the sense of direction for passerby. This architecture as persuasion contains a perfect combination commercial and communication as it is not just a symbol in space which enhance the street experience and culture, it served as a contextual elements along the Vegas Strip. The author claimed that symbolism or signs are crucial than the architecture. But also claimed that the form itself can be the symbol in that space. For instance the author compared with a duck store that has the idea of construct or implement the shape of sign in its architectural form. The emphasis of signs is better in terms of communication and as a unity factor of the street. An immediate example is the intense usage of signs and symbols that applied along Vegas Strip to serve as the unity elements on the streetscape. In conclusion, my opinion is that, Vegas Strip is not just a highway that functioned as an entrance and exit, it applied the architecture as successful communication system which embraces the chaotic order of signs in space. Modern architecture often inspired by symbol, image, or correspondence things and used in varies vernacular. Methods of implementing it are subjective and we should look nonjudgmentally at it. Word Count: 353 Mark Grade Assessed by: Date Page No.
  2. 2. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARC61303/ARC2224) SYNOPSIS: REACTION PAPER (MARCH 2017) Name: YAN WAI CHUN ID No.: 0319626 Lecturer: MR. PRINCE FAVIS ISIP Tutorial Time: Reader/Text Title: THE GEOMETRY OF FEELING Synopsis No: 2 Author: JUHANI PALLASMAA Building and its architectural form are not just baldly the composition of architectural elements or the principle of elementarism, it must contain the idea of forming a space that is contextually need and most importantly a space where experience lies or the consciousness of the user experiencing it. Architecture or the work of art does not depict its truthful meaning on its physical surface, it is through the connectivity between mind and the art to generate this concealed image. In my opinion, within the dimension of architecture, the richness of architectural expression cannot be reimpose through the assertive implementing of architectural elements as it resulted a meaningless form with the lack of understanding of essence of it. The quality of the architectural expression should contains the interpretations that evoked from users by just the simplicity or its typical form. Author claimed that architects should not treat a building as a lifeless object, it should be an image full of distinctive expression of users. A ‘glance’ through the architectural work should be able to provoke direct experience of the users through their perception. So by this perception, users can experience the architecture through the architectural feeling to analysis the scale and characteristics of the building and to understand its message. Besides, an architecture with merely play form does not triggered the memories lie on the back of user’s mind and emotionless. Thus, architecture must satisfy the fundamental aspect of the direct experience or expression that linked and influenced the users where inner feelings of users create. In conclusion, my opinion is, an impactful architectural expression should be derived from the consciousness of users, sensory memories and experience. The vitality of the inner meaning of architecture should not be doubted and deliver through the integration user’s interpretation and architectural form rather than perceive it from the physical surface. Reviving experience that we experienced through the back and forth interaction between architecture and mind makes the linking of built environment and personal emotions unquestionable. Word Count: 331 Mark Grade Assessed by: Date Page No.
  3. 3. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURE THEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARC61303/ARC2224) SYNOPSIS: REACTION PAPER (MARCH 2017) Name: YAN WAI CHUN ID No.: 0319626 Lecturer: MR. PRINCE FAVIS ISIP Tutorial Time: Reader/Text Title: TOWARDS A CRITICAL REGIONALISM : SIX POINTS OF AN ARCHITECTURE OF RESISTANCE Synopsis No: 3 Author: KENNETH FRAMPTON Critical Regionalism promotes the approach of merging the essence of tradition as part of the universal values of modernism. It is also critical to not neglecting the nature form rather than an architectural form which lack of the sense of place in this universal civilization. The author claimed that this universal values of modernism must incorporate into the geographical context of the building. By saying the geographical context or cultural legacy, it is determining the climate, light, topography, local tectonic form and the distinctive characteristics of the place. For instance, the author mentioned that fenestration of the architectural work can protrude and express the sense of place of the particular region. It was clearly stated that this relationship between architectural elements and nature should be understood in the construction industry. On the other hand, the intensive utilization of conventional or universal civilized technology on the architecture disputed the interaction between the culture and nature. This modernized method does not appreciate and embrace the local natural context as an aspect to be concerned in architecture. Another aspect should be involved in designing is the visual and senses experiences of users, to trigger the perception of users and generate the sense of place. The author had given an example of how tactile sensitivity made impact on architectural journey within the building, besides, the importance of experience the architecture through the senses. In conclusion, my opinion is that, creating the ‘’ place-form ‘’ and balance between both natural context and cultural tradition to protrude the identity of societies is critical in this modernized civilization. As same as I learnt from ‘The Geometry of Feeling ‘and claimed by Pallasmaa, the uniqueness and perception towards the architectural work through the complementary senses of users is also an important aspect to be implemented in design. The connection of tectonic and tactile could be surpass the surface meaning of the plain construction of building, beyond the ‘’ placelessness ‘’ sense. Word Count: 323 Mark Grade Assessed by: Date Page No.

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