9th April 2020
What do you think of these styles ? Which do you like and why ?
Use adjectives and opinion expressions
I think / I feel / It seems to me / In my opinion /
I especially like / I especially dislike / This appeals to me
imposing / impressive / incredible / magnificent / symmetrical / dazzling / unique / minimal / functional / decorative /
A sense of space / playful decor / somber facade / elegant lines / spiritually enhancing / an icon of national identity
Some contemporary architects and styles
Would you like to or visit any of these buildings ?
How do you react to them ?
What are they trying to say ?
Kazuyo Sejima (Japan b. 1956)
Daniel Libeskind (Poland / USA b. 1946)
Which one expresses optimism, growth and confidence ?
Which one challenges conventional structures ?
Which one uses architecture to reflect a destruction or shattering of society ?
Here’s a great video charting the advances made in architecture over the last century: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuTqWxuAazI
Are we getting close to the Biblical Tower of Babel ?
For those who are interested in the story, here is the extract from The Bible, Genesis 11
Genesis 11 New International Version (NIV)
The Tower of Babel
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lordsaid, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.