Arch exam notes (essay questions)

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Architecture Studies
Course Reader: Experiencing Architecture Notes
Art should not be explained, it should be experienced
Architecture means shapes formed around man, formed to be lived in, not just seen from outside
Understanding architecture is not the same as being able to determine the style of a building by
certain external features
Bader Question
ESSAY QUESTION ON THE BADER THEATRE: you will be asked to generally describe the exterior and the interior and to
discuss your particular EXPERIENCE of architecture via that building; 3 points
Talk about its use + its purpose to be a lecture hall: serves it well, Practical purpose
Being utilized properly
Also used for film screenings during TIFF, served this purpose properly as well (for small movies)
Works almost as a auditory conduit
Vic campus, talk about its place in vic, how does it fit in with the other buildings?
Its place within the general area and then uoft as a whole
Subtle sophistication
Doesnt stand out too much
Very different from the older vic buildings like old vic, Emmanuel college, birge Carnegie, annesley
hall, etc
Exterior: vertical concrete slabs, very contemporary, sections of glass, can see inside
East side wall covered in vines, interesting because you dont expect it in such a relatively modern
Good contrast with the other more modern sections of the building, gives sense of timelessness +
modernity + old style architecture ALSO SOFTNESS
Reflects light well because of the wide open glass windows
Staircase going to the top floor, glass balconies
Very open, airy
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