Paper Assignment: 30% of course grade, Final Paper due in Week 11
Proposal Due: April 22, (1 page) – Description of proposed project (abstract), Proposed Case Studies (3 to start), Bibliography with at least 3 sources
Final Paper Due: May 19, Week 11
Course Analytical Paper – Assignment
In this paper you will provide a rigorous and thoughtful analysis on your chosen theme, to include an analysis of one case study project or several projects, as a comparative analysis. The paper must include a clear and concise Thesis Statement, shown in “bold” at the end of the introductory paragraph. Please use proper paragraph form, beginning each paragraph with a Topic Sentence and ending with a Concluding Sentence. Keep your paragraphs approximately the same length, throughout. Use our course readings, along with 10 or more sources, to help you construct arguments. Cite using proper APA
form, when using text from sources. The goal of your paper is to prove (or disprove) the Thesis Statement. Writing a detailed outline is highly recommended. Include the following:
1. Title Page – Include a unique title for your paper topic, your name, my name, course name/number, and the quarter: “Spring 2020” You may also include an image or multiple images on the cover.
2. Final Paper (at least 8-10 pages of double-spaced text, images not included) – Font size: 11 or 12; Margins: ½ inch or 3/4 inch max on sides.
Bibliography (include at least 10 sources, 6 of which must be books or articles. The remaining 4 sources, or more, can include video lectures and other multimedia). Use APA format. You may use more than 10 total.
4. Include illustrations and project documents. Analytical sketches and/or diagrams created by you are optional. You may wish to include sketches and/or diagrams which relate to your concept and Thesis
Statement. These elements may be used to help you to prove the Thesis Statement. Do not provide “random” sketches that do not relate to your concept or analysis. Illustrations may be placed throughout the text or at the end. Include APA citations and captions. Include all project documents which you have gathered, and present these in the Appendix of the Paper.
From our Course Syllabus:
Evaluation is based on the course learning outcomes as well as these four standard School criteria:
· Completeness and timeliness – all work submitted on time; all submitted requirements met.
· Craft and communication – all work meets established academic standards for the program.
· Process and development – submittals evolve to a higher level of complexity, correctness and refinement. (Note: take special care to see that your paper develops to a higher level of complexity, correctness, and refinement from the midterm draft).
· Critical Thinking – is evident in critical observation, use of relevant criteria and contexts for making judgments, appropriate application of source materials, use of methods and techniques for forming judgments and in application of theoretical constructs.
Course Learning Outcomes
Student learning aspirations for this realm include:
PLO 1: Develop and Employ Critical Thinking Skills
PLO 2: Graphic Communication Skills
ILO 1: Utilize critical thinking skills in the formation, analysis, and evaluation of ideas
ILO 3: Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures and environments
ILO 4: Communicate effectively through written, oral, and visual media
Grading Criteria for the Final Paper:
Completeness and timeliness: 25% (all deliverables, including title page, full 8-10 pages of text, bibliography, and illustrations are included; paper is submitted on time in Wk.7 and 11)
Grammar, spelling, writing technique and correct use of paragraph structure: 25%
Evidence of critical thinking skills throughout the paper; Quality of writing (effective written communication); Strength of Thesis Statement and Evidence: 25%
Evidence of research and correct use of APA format: 25%
How Can We Develop Architectural Language?
In contrast with conventional languages that deal with letters and words, architectural language comprises proportions, scale, rhythm, patterns of shapes, spatial tectonics, concepts, forms and relations of functions, etc. As information technology develops and cultures mix up and new forms become popular worldwide, architectural languages also enter new dimensions of local and global expressions which are both novel and understandable for large groups of international audiences. We as architects need not worry about the language itself but should focus more on our spatial, cultural and architectural messages in this era that sustainability and especially its environmental sphere is of great concern for current and future generations.
Two major approaches can be a Rationalist (Futurist) and Empiricist (Contextual). Both have been successful in their own ways. Under these two major paradigms, I can think a lot has already developed and continue to do so from the Pyramids to modern contemporary buildings. The attempt to develop various styles is essentially the architectural vocabulary or language development. While I agree that we need to conserve various styles that had been copied, analyze, critique, deconstructed and became part of architectural curriculum in various countries around the world there’s a need to bring in new spirits or renew spirits in architectural profession and pedagogy. The houses and public buildings should try to reflect more of the current praxis and needs of the society. For instances, the idea of climate responsiveness in response to global warming or the need to conserve water especially in cities that are drying up. The vernacular houses people live in the 19th or 20th century were a manifestation of the era’s material and other resources availability, skills of the people, socio-culture and lifestyles, etc. In these thatch houses, the owners used to collect rain water and store it for future use, even when they had plenty of portable water from the streams. Today, connectivity by travel or internet media and subsequent spread of information data, and these should enriched the vocabulary of architecture significantly to address pertinent issues of the social, economic, and environment. In other words, we should not limit architectural languages and its practice should not be limited to classicism, modernism, post-modernism, vernacularism, revivalism, neo-modernism, and so on.
The pyramids of Giza and related buildings, Egypt
Wooden Vernacular Architecture – Turkish Houses in Western Anatolia
Wind and Water Bar by Vo Trong Nghia, Vietnam
Vale De Poldros, Portugal
Al-Hammadi, M. I. (2020). National Museum of Qatar: New Architectural language, New Vision. Journal of History, Culture & Art Research / Tarih Kültür ve Sanat Arastirmalari Dergisi, 9(1), 195–208.
Martynenko, A. (2017). Vernacular Values in Architectural Heritage. The Case of Vale de Poldros. Architecture & Urban Planning, 13(1), 15–23.
Gregory, R. (2007). Bamboo bar: Wind and Water Café, Binh Duong, Vietnam. Architectural Review, 222(1330), 81.