[SOLUTION] Concept of the Phenomenal Transparency
1. You are free to choose your own topic, e.g., if you are fascinated with the concept of the phenomenal transparency, you are free to dedicate the entire paper to this subject. 2iIf you are hesitant to choose your own topic, I would like to suggest you structure your paper as a debate between different interpretations of the same pieces of architecture, such as, for example, sociologists critique of architects failure to address the users concerns, and architects attempts to address deep philosophical issues. Below are a few possible approaches: · Discuss the avant-gardes attempts to challenge existing norms vs. users complaints that their requirements were not met (consider, among other sources, Greenbergs and Gutmans essays) · Discuss earlier-twentieth-century architects fascination with literal transparency in the context of W. Benjamins and M. Foucault critique. · Discuss the seventeenth century debate between the ancients and the moderns as a prelude to the debate between spectacular architecture and non-representational design techniques. · Discuss the search for origins as a philosophy, which, between the early eighteenth century and the middle of the twentieth century drove much of architectural theory discourse. Explain the essence of J. Rykwerts and R. Krausss criticism of the notions such as origins and originality? 3. Style: refer to critical writing guidelines (see, Attached slides). 4. Sources: one of the main purposes of this exercise is to learn how to draw from multipleand somewhat contradictorysources. Make sure that you cite no less than two (preferably three or four) different pieces of architectural theory. However, for your mini-paper, you should be able to use only those essays that we have discussed during our Virtual Debates. For the paper, you will be to compliment them with your own independent research
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