The Seagram: Mies van der Rohe

The most interesting precedent analysis for the Seagram is its use of the plaza. Mies intended to create an urban space in front of the building by pushing the entrance of the building back to about 100 feet. This became a very popular idea for gathering areas. This started to become a model for many buildings erected around its surroundings, such as the one in front, which does the same thing.

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Kinetic Art through Jesus Soto

Op art is a form of abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by using the same pattern and color while kinetic art depends on movement for it to have an effect. What Soto does is that he includes both forms of art in one to have an “Op” sculpture be kinetic/movable so you can see the same repeating pattern of colors moving.

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SANAA: Teshima Art Museum

Architect: SANAA | Date completed: 2010 | Location: Teshima, Seto Sea, Japan | Travel year: 2016 Narrative: Teshima island is the epitome of an artistic and magical place. It is a rural island in itself where you will find many rural homes still inhabited by mostly fishermen and old people. However, it is a very exciting travel destination to…

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Chichu Museum: Darkness Before Light

Architect: Tadao Ando | Date completed: 2004 | Location: Naoshima island, Japan | Travel year: 2016 Narrative: It all started with a two-way ticket from Okayama Port Terminal to Naoshima island. The boat rides lasted for about 20 minutes but the scenery was expectacular, something I had never even imagined I would see. Everyone on the boat either looked like they…

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Theory of the Derive

Guy Debord, the author of “Theory of the Derive” and “The Society of the Spectacle,” includes in his books the idea of a basic concept or practice called derive, a technique of rapid passage through spaces. It all started with the movement known as the Situationist International (SI). Which worked from 1957-1972 to subvert the conservatives…

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