Universal Influences in Open Place Design
You have been learning about different places and periods in history and the "universal influences" that were responsible for those places: those external a. cultural (politics, religion, social customs, shared belief systems etc.) b. geographic or climatic agents, and/or c. other influences that may be unique to the site and community that have an influence on design decisions made and have given your chosen place a specific design. Intentionality is key here.
You will explore an inspiring public place/ landscape and identify the universal influences represented in that place, providing background as a way of explaining the design to a stranger. In a short essay (500 words min.) discuss the influences and how they are expressed in the design, use, setting etc.—much as we describe designs in the lectures.
Choose any place not discussed in the lectures; ***(We covered Greece, Italy, France and China)*** this could be a street, a park, an outdoor nook, a square, a plaza as long as it's not represented during this course and is open to the public. If you are abroad or come from another country, maybe this is a site you know from your travels. We love hearing about places we haven't visited yet.
1) Include a photo and write a paragraph introducing the selected space, describe its physical presence, why you made this choice.
2) Next, consider your chosen site and think of it in terms of the universal influences expressed here. Write a paragraph that connects the influences to specific elements in the design or to the overall design if that is more applicable.
3) Write a concluding paragraph. Discuss how lessons of the past relate to contemporary designs.
Your response to the above points should be in essay form, with a title, introductory paragraph, body and conclusion. Submit as either an attached pdf, or Word document pasted into the response area. The submission link is on this page. Well-written, college-level essays are expected; please use at least one image to accompany your narrative. It could be a photo, a plan, or even a sketch of that place. Post questions about this activity to the message board.
500 words, minimum
Cite one (1) outside peer-reviewed source that helps explain or support your assessment and include a bibliographic reference. This could be a journal, book, newspaper article, A/V source, or any other source deemed reliable.