As we ended our final unit four of reflections, we turned in our autobiography essays and pinned our pictures up in class. We took one image from each person’s autobiography that reflected them most and pinned them up altogether in the hallway. I pinned my autobiography cards up in a way that made sense to me and my story. I started with where I was from (Wrightsville Beach image) then proceeded to pin up my current life (UK campus and Newtown Crossing). We noticed that not many people put materials, which showed that buildings (places and spaces) were of most importance to them. For this unit, we mainly focused on the chair card exam and finishing up the autobiography. After we were tested on 25 chairs and designers, we did a final in-class project with our neighbor. We were given a piece of paper with twenty-five buildings on University of Kentucky’s campus and had to determine the political, cultural, and social issues connected to each. The collection of buildings related to what we value as an educational institution. I found that the University of Kentucky seems to value diversity and variety in style and design. As a southern school, we have a value for genuine people and southern hospitality. We also value close relationships on a teacher-student basis. We divided the buildings up into different categories of dorms, classrooms, offices, main event places, and libraries.
Today in class, it was our last meeting time of the semester and we wrote down what we learned about ourselves in the course and what we learned about the history of design. The title of unit four as “reflections” is fitting to what we did today. We reflected over the last few months on what we learned about design itself and ourselves. I learned a lot about new designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Palladio, Alvar Aalto, and many others. This in-class reflection allowed me to think about all of these designers and their accomplishments to design I have been learning about all semester. It important to understand the new and old uses of materials from each century when thinking about the history of design. In economic crises and recessions, one would probably choose less expensive materials such as concrete as it is one of the least expensive paving materials. I also learned a lot about myself in the course. I learned that although I am not artistically inclined, I am able to point out specific building designs and who designed them outside of class now. I did not let my artistic abilities limit my desire to learn and become immersed in the world of design. I hope to take more interior design courses in the future now that I have reflected how much I have enjoyed Interior Design 162. For my image to sum up the unit, I typed in autobiography into google. I found the image “What’s your story?” Since our autobiography was a major part of the unit, I decided to ask my viewers this question. What is your story? How does it relate to you? This is a question we have been asked all throughout this unit and I think the image is one that it reflects.
We discussed 25 buildings in class today and went over the political, social, and cultural conditions of them. We went into great detail about Whitehall classroom which is the building of my choice for this post. The political designs from the past influence the present. The building was created at a time when studying classics was important in the early century of design. The building symbolizes this early century design of the 19th and 20th century. It was built as a result from the late 60s to early 70s strife. Whitehall was created as a lock-down building that is internalized, with the rooms having no windows. The concrete blocking makes it impermeable in response to the Kent State shooting. When the shooting occurred, UK wanted a way to protect students and therefore built Whitehall the way it stands today. The concrete use is most important because had the architects and designers used bricks, they could have been used to throw at people, like Professor Lucas mentioned in class. In a social aspect, this is were classes are taught and students go daily to learn and become educated in a series of material. My personal experience in Whitehall has been in this Interior Design 162 course throughout this semester. I have gained knowledge in this building far beyond what I came into it knowing. My level of understanding of designs and designers has greatly increased.
In the beginning of Interior Design, we talked a lot about the romantic city of Italy. We first discussed Rome, a centrality of ultimate authority. We also drew a diagram to bring all of our ideas of centrality together. One diagram is three rectangular horizontal boxes and then four vertical boxes perpendicular. The other is a circle (centrality) with a line going down the middle and another line going across to divide the circle. The city of Pompeii, Italy was buried by lava from Mount Vesuvius. The House of Vettii in Pompeii is a luxurious residence (domus) preserved like the rest of the Roman city. We also talked about several basilicas in Venice, Italy such as the Basilica San Marco which has evolved since the 10th century and the Basilica of il redentore by Andrea Palladio. The reason that Italy is the place I chose and is important to me and my place through design is my own experience traveling to the country itself. I visited Italy when I was very young so I was not able to comprehend all of the complex basilicas and history of Pompeii. Now that we have explored the preservation and history of Pompeii and Venice I hope to be able to return one day and take in the immaculate architecture and styles of European design. Since I have visited this place, I find it extremely important to my place in the world of design.
We utilized and discussed the Secession building towards the end of Unit 3 following the completion of the month of October in Interior Design. This building symbolizes moving in a new direction during secession movement. The building was designed by Josef Olbrich in Vienna, Austria. He was known for his naturalistic styles in design. He designed the building in 1897 and wanted it to be associated with the art nouveau style. This building describes me and my place in the world of design through the importance of architecture to me in the course.
On September 26th, 2013 in class we discussed the University of Virginia space. The university was founded by Thomas Jefferson in Richmond, Virginia in 1817/1819. The U.S. President, Jefferson was the main designer of the architecture of the school and continued his interest in architecture and education during his busy presidential years. In 1805, writing a letter to a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Jefferson proposes that a university “should not be a house but a village.” He is known as the “Father of the University of Virginia” for his huge accomplishments and successes toward the founding of the school.
The Eames DCW molded plywood chair we also drew. The material that the chair is made of, plywood, is made to help prevent deforestation. I chose this material and would use it for my autobiography because of how sustainable it is. This plywood material describes me and my place in the world through design because if I was an architect or designer I would choose plywood for my wood panels when building a house or constructing a project.