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What do Thomas Jefferson”s Virginia State Capitol (1789s) and Yamasaki’s, Northwestern Life Insurance Building (1955s) have in common?


What is the Pruitt Igoe myth?  who started it? What was the argument to demolish it?


What are the principal differences betw “Formalism” and “Brutalism”? How do their basic priorities (think Vitruvius) differ? 


What were some of the basic reasons why orthodox modernism (European Modernism; Miesian Modernism; International Stylenote, these terms often used interchangeably) was challenged?


How would you characterize orthodox modernism, what were its basic characteristics?


Kahn: in a class by himself. Why? Where does he fit, and where does he not fit into stylistic categorizing?


Why was the Richards Medical Research building seen as so radical?


How was the Salk Institute an improvement, if it was? 


Where does the Fisher house fit in the development of American arch in the late 1950s, early ’60s, or does it? It was located in roughly the same neighborhood as Robert Venturi’s house for his mother, same years. How compare? What was Venturi doing that was different?


-Farnsworth vs Venturi house: an obvious comparison. Focusing on the essentials, how do they compare? What about Farnsworth house and the Gehry house? Venturi and Gehry hses? 


Tougher one: Eisenman’s House III and Gehry’s own hse in Santa Monica. Think in terms not just of style here, but of basic attitudes about or priorities in architecture. How did their aims in designing a house compare? What about the Eames house in Pacific Palisades? 


Where does the basic bungalow fit here? Levitt’s houses?  The typical Levitt house vs Venturi house: there’s a good one! How do they both address history, or historical models from the past? How do their aims differ? their clients or audiences?


How would you describe Philip Johnson’s role in the history or development of American architecture?


Why did Graves’s Portland Building make such a splash? What would you say was important about it?


How does Deconstructivist architecture differ (basically, fundamentally) from Postmodernism?


How does it differ from orthodox modernism?


Tougher: how does Venturi’s work differ from Graves’s? What does it have in common? how differ?


Why does Gehry not fit comfortably into the “Deconstructivist” stylistic category? Why was he included in the Deconstructivst exhibition in the first place?


Graves’s Portland Building and Gehry’s house in Santa Monica: both designed/built about the same time. Two very different building types, to be sure, but they have certain things in common. What, for example? How does each address the question of history? What are several of the biggest differences betw Gehry’s whole approach to architecture and Michael Graves’s, would you say?


Lincoln Center in New York, early ’60s, was seen as the epitome of the modern cultural center, and thus greatly admired (by some) and much emulated. How did Charles Moore see it, and how did he respond to it in his design of the Piazza d’Italia a decade or so later?


Venturi and Gehry: both built houses for their mothers or family. They have much in common, lot of differences. Focusing on the most important (in the context of architectural history), what are some of the commonalities? the differences? 


We talked on the last day of Cutler’s Bridge Hse on Bainbridge Island.  How does it compare to Mies’s Farnsworth Hse of decades earlier?   In each case, what were the architect’s principal aims?


Gehry used a lot of recycled materials (chainlink fences, old plywood, aluminum siding, etc.) in his 1978 house in Santa Monica. Yet in “Sketches of Frank Gehry,” the film we saw in class, he never mentioned a concern about ecological issues. How ‘green’ an architect is he, would you argue or contend? 


Roth and Tabb&Deviren define “green architecture” differently. How do their definitions, or conceptions of green architecture differ?


hat do Charles Moore’s Piazza d’Italia and Disneyland have in common? In what fundamental ways do they differ? 



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