|Visual Farm Installation|
Image courtesy of Retinafunk via Flickr
Images are important: what if I just said, "picture a tent"?
- Please post homework by Friday so everyone has a chance to look at it and comment before we move on to the next topic.
- Please put the lesson number at the beginning of every homework submission.
- The privilege of seeing each other's work is a great one: it allows you to review how different people respond to the same challenge. All discussions should be respectful. In other words, disagreement is good; insulting is bad.
- Posts about architecture are best when they are 80% visual and 20% textual.
- Much of the homework requires getting out from in front of the computer and actually EXPERIENCING architecture. If you lack transportation, completing some of the homework may be difficult for you. Consider getting a study partner for field trips
Pace of the ClassThere are several meaningful ways to approach this class, so don't get overwhelmed!
|Image courtesy of Robert S. Donovan via Flickr|
Tier 1: Architect at PlayThis student will read the lessons and let them inform his view as he goes about his day. He can sketch a neighborhood map while out on a walk or notice qualities of a public building while running errands at the post office.
Tier 2: Building Sleuth
|Sherlock Holmes Restaurant at 221b Baker Street|
Image courtesy of brosner via Flickr
Tier 3: The InternThis student will approach the class like an upper-level Architecture Appreciation course, doing all of the reading and the homework thoroughly & promptly to be ready for the next lesson. This student would also be very likely to submit questions for clarification or further reading.
It's quite a commitment, at least equivalent to three credit hours and could even approach a six credit hour class if multiple iterations are done of each assignment.
|Wessembergstrasse, Konstanz, Germany|
Image courtesy of wernermerk via Flickr
Don't Limit YourselfAnd you don't have to pick just one tier! You might throw yourself entirely into a few of the lessons that you find the most interesting, but only peruse the lecture on topics of marginal interest or if you have a particularly busy week. We don't play feeling-guilty-for-not-doing-the-homework at the zessn schoolhouse!
However, we DO play collaboration here, so please share your architecturally related thoughts, not just official homework.
Problems with Field Trips
If you're having a hard time scheduling field trips, you can do the exercise by remembering places you have already been. Recall is a great memory skill (Just ask Shawn Spencer)!
Image courtesy of Marcin Wichary via Flickr
It is not as helpful to substitute online or published images for a visit, because architecture really must be inhabited to be understood, both the good stuff and the bad.
Technology: Digital Images
To create digital images
- Take photographs with a digital camera or phone & download them to your computer;
- Take photographs with your smartphone & upload them to Google +;
- Make a drawing by hand and either photograph it or scan it in; OR
- Create a drawing with software like Photoshop and save the image as a jpeg to be shareable.
Technology: Google +
- Sign into Google + and from the top left dropdown menu, select Photos
- Click on “Add Photos”
- You will be prompted to drag the photos to the window or open the file browser to select the files.
- Once they have uploaded, select “Add to album” at the top left and type in a new album name.
- Select the blue Done button.
- You will be prompted to share the album with a comment. In the “To:” box, type (or select) zessn schoolhouse.