Architecture In Our Daily Lives
By Frank Bahr
Architecture In Our Daily Lives
A. Architecture is one of the most common studies people will take in college.
B. Thesis: Architecture is an active part of our daily life.
A. Ancient Greece
B. Ancient Japan
C. Ancient India
III. Famous Architects
A. Frank Lloyd Wright
B. List of architects
IV. Unique Architectural Designs
A. Habitat 67
May 6. 2013
Architecture Research Paper
Architecture, one of the most common studies taken(and personally what I’m taking
on). I believe that architecture, plays a main role in everyones life. “Architecture- The art or
practice of designing and constructing buildings.”. So basically, without architecture, we
wouldn’t any schools (yeah any students reading this probably do NOT want architecture to
exist.), we wouldn’t have any libraries, or any buildings in general. You can live four days
without water, three days without food, but only three hours without shelter. So, you cannot
LIVE without architecture, it is the act of creating buildings, buildings are shelter, without
shelter you would die in three hours. So you can thank all the people in the field of
architecture, that you are reading this now.
Ancient Greek architecture is best known for its temples, if you were to visit you
would find them all over the place. The ruins of many greek temples are surprisingly still
intact. The second most well known are the open air theatres, they have located them to
date back to about 350 BC. Ancient Rome had much similar architecture, then again many
Roman cultural things grew out of Greece. Like greek Gods, myths, and again, their
architecture. But much after Rome, was Europe, Europe wasn’t a lot alike Greece, but they
shared some similarities. For instance, the open air theatres I mentioned that were located
in Greece(as well as most of the Hellenic region), Europe, during the Shakespearean age,
had many of them built. Although they were greatly refined and quickly grew into closed
theatres, they were still there.
Where Greek architecture is focused on using stone and clay building material, the
Japanese used mostly wood whilst building. At first the Japanese were very primitive in
their building, making mostly pit houses. But after the introduction of Buddhism, the
Japanese started to create temples, but they had no material to build such things, so they
started using wood. These temples started as one floor of the tall elaborate Japanese
temples we know as of today. But as their skills increased, so did the size of the temples,
they eventually grew to be about eight floors tall. Japanese architecture has been
described as, “Impossible”. That is, due to its wooden frame being fairly weak, though it
can hold up to five families, even at its tallest height.
When Greece was using clay, and Japan was using wood, India was sitting there
using sticks and stones(which mind you, did in fact, break their bones). India was one of
the most primitive building societies. But, they eventually grew to become the greatest
architects of the modern world, ex. the Taj Mahal. Indian architecture is old, yet has
incorporated many modern values. The style they used to build the Taj Mahal soon spread
worldwide and became very popular at the time. The earliest buildings from India found
dated back to about 2500 B.C. After several centuries of their stone type building,India
finally discovered bronze. This discovery rocked the country, the style of building changed
completely. Not only did it change that, it also changed their military strength.
By far one of the most famous and well recognized architects is, Frank Lloyd Wright....
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