Why just those colors were used, how the choice depended on the orientation of the rooms in relation to windows

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Dec 8, 2022


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***Oberservation Writing*** The attached chapters are only for more refenrence if needed.
Building Report Instructions
Understanding architecture…. one must observe how it was designed for a special purpose and how it was
attuned to the entire concept and rhythm of a specific era. You must dwell in the rooms, feel how they close about
you, observe how you are naturally led from one to the other. You must be aware of the textural effects, discover
why just those colors were used, how the choice depended on the orientation of the rooms in relation to windows
and the sun…. You must experience the great differences acoustics make in your conception of space: the way
sound acts in an enormous cathedral, with its echoes and long-toned reverberations, as compared to a small
paneled room well-padded with hangings, rugs and cushions.
Steen Eiler Rasmussen, Experiencing Architecture
Purpose: the purpose of the building report is to demonstrate your understanding of the design of a house
through observation and analysis, applying Rasmussen’s 10-point framework and architectural vocabulary used in
his book.
Rasmussen’s Framework (10 chapters / 10 topics / 150 words per topic)
1) basic observations
2) solids and cavities
3) effective contrast
4) surfaces/planes
5) scale and proportion
6) rhythm
7) texture
8) daylight
9) color
10) sound
Format: the 6-page building report (8 ½” x 11”) includes title/subtitle, descriptive text, images, quotations,
citations, and figure identification. Margins: 1” all around; Font Style: Arial; Font Size: Title/subtitle: 12pt bold, Text:
10pt regular; Alignment: left justified; Line Spacing: Single
Title/Subtitle: Add to the given title of your house a colon (:) and subtitle of your choosing
Descriptive Text: the written part of the building report should demonstrate your understanding of the house
you’re observing. The text is “your writing”. The text should demonstrate:
– an application of the ten (10) topics of Rasmussen’s framework in describing the house
– a reflection of the design of the house in relation to local society and culture (city, region, country)
– an understanding that your perspective of the design of the house may be different than others
Images: include 10 images of your house, exterior and interior (photos, diagrams, drawings, renderings); embed
the images within the body of the text of your building report.
Quotations: include three (3) quotations by the architect, or from someone writing about the house or architect;
most architects have websites, and one can often extract quotations from their ‘about’ or ‘projects’ tab.
Citations: cite the online “source” of your three (3) quotations on the last page; citation is required when quoting,
paraphrasing, or using the ideas (images, photos, etc.) or words “of others”. A sample citation is:
Author, A. (year).
Figure Identification: include figure identification (Fig. x) for each image, drawing, sketch and or diagram of your
house; organize numerically from beginning to end.
Evaluation: the rubric for evaluation is:
– ability to apply the basic ‘forms of discourse’ specific to architecture (using Rasmussen’s framework)
– ability to demonstrate an understanding of how your house shapes, reflects, and critiques society
– ability to demonstrate how diverse perspectives or points of view might respond to the design or reception
your house differently


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