Unit 2 Summary
As we approached Unit 2, Reverberation, there was actually a very big overall idea of reforming. When I say reform I mean the breaking with tradition. Reverberation breaks tradition but stays pretty close to the original idea. Not only did Unit 2 go into depth on how reform was taking a toll on many designs, it also covered ideas the turning matters of end 1 and two and the influences of design. One pretty significant idea that I believe reflects this chapter well would be the Design Cycle. The stages of this cycle are what create the major changes of design from then to now.
During Unit 2 the ten rules from the East and West of design came about. The east contradicted the west and the West decided to expand onto the past. Although the west made a change and may have broken some of the rules, the East decided to maintain tradition. As we continue to move forward in unit 2 we came upon the topic of turning matters on end one. During this period of time we were able to notice the influences of art and design. For the most part everything was pretty representative however many of us may not understand that today. Like reform is a change for the better whether it may be to strengthen or slightly change, past designs create present strength. Reflecting back to the activity where we were to illustrate and write about a culture or social revolution, using the design cycle, I was able to get a better understanding on all topics included in the design cycle as well as get a better understanding of how design has changed culturally and socially.
Following the turning matters on end 1 we approach the turning matters on end 2. Starting with the industrial revolution, this section of unit two went into depth with the 3 different styles of early Georgian. Referring back to the links made available for us to read about these styles and the following activity we were able to view and learning about how these styles differ and changed over times but also how they are similar. Many people like to assume that the Grecian/Greek Revival stlye represented the first national style for the fledging United states. When we say national style, passed off the extra readings and research of these styles, I believe it means many buildings from the time period and in that specific place were built in using a certain style. After discussing the industrial revolution and these 3 styles, it may the concept of national style and how style changes much clearer and easier to comprehend.
Reform and revival are two major key ideas of unit two. Going back to what I said about reform it basically makes alterations for the better. However; revival is something basically comes back whether it is a styles or design. We often notice some styles of design incorporated into our designs today. Going back to the example from class were we viewed and analyzed the difference between the two state capitals, I was able to easily identify the difference made as well has how the basic structure and idea was used into the newer version. Examples like this are a good way to show how reform is important and a need from a designers perspective. The older version of the state capital was clearly older looking, had a museum feel to it and rather small but the newer version was so much bigger and expanded.
Unit 2 discussed the influences of design as well. It is clear that design has significantly been influenced by culture. After a while there was a slightly dramatic shift to an innovative mind set from revivalism. There was actually kind of a breaking of the rules because the process of design went from being really disciplined and structures to a more abstracted and free minded perspective. This change gave designers the freedom to express what it all means in their personal sense. The idea of reform I feel was the basic frame of unit 2 and covered a great deal of information that bettered my understanding of design and the changes happening to it.