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The Columns of Alberti and Perrault

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Order in Renaissance & Neo-Classical Architecture
Alberti and Perrault thought differently about the role of the column in architecture. Alberti was a Renaissance architect—and like many others of the Renaissance era, he was inspired by the symmetrical beauty, mathematical precision, and classical guidelines of the ancients. Alberti used the column in architecture to give a sense of harmony and wholeness. Perrault, who designed architecture some two centuries after Alberti in the 17th century, was standing on different shoulders. Whereas Alberti had been operating in a world of wholeness prior to the wreck of Europe that was the Protestant Reformation, which tore the Continent apart, Perrault grew up in an Age where Christian nations were divided. Thus, the same love of wholeness and harmony that Alberti displayed in his use of columns was not felt by Perrault. Perrault focused less on mathematical precision and more on the concept of beauty and…… [Read More]

Bibliography
Alberti, Leon Battista. “Book Six” and “Book Eight”. In On the Art of Building. 154-188 and 244-290. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1980.
Allais, Lucia. “Ordering the Orders”. Future Anterior 2, No 2 (2005): 53-74.
Damisch, Hubert. “The Column and the Wall.” In Architectural Design Profile 21:Leonis Baptiste Alberti 49, no. 5-6 (1979): 18-25.
Durand, Jean-Nicolas-Louis. Precis of the Lectures on Architecture. Los Angeles: Getty, 2000, 73-88.
Laugier, Marc-Antoine. An Essay on Architecture. Translated by Wolfgang Herrman and Anni Herrmann. Los Angeles: Hennessey & Ingalls, 1977.
Perrault, Claude. “Preface”. In Ordonnance, 47-63. Santa Monica: Getty Center for the
History of Art and the Humanities, 1993.
Rykwert, Joseph. “Positive and Arbitrary”. In The First Moderns, 23-53. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1980.
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Modernization of Brasilia Oscar Niemeyer

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Oscar Niemeyer’s Impact on the Modernization of Brasilia
It is important to note, from the onset, that Oscar Niemeyer’s professional journey begun in Belo Horizonte - way before he was involved in the transformation and modernization of Brasilia. At this point, the role he played in the formative development of some centers in Belo Horizonte as a leisure and tourism hubs was laudable, especially with his involvement in the planning of a recreation as well as tourism complex, Pampulha. His readiness and willingness to work with other experts in diverse fields was evident from the beginning. In this particular undertaking, he invited Alfredo Ceschiatti and Roberto Burle, a prominent sculptor and landscape architect respectively. Through their collaboration, the complex which comprised of three buildings (a church, a dance pavilion, and a golf and yacht club) was completed in a relatively short period of time. It was a masterpiece. Towards this…… [Read More]

References
Bradbury, Dominic, and Richard Powers R 2009. The Iconic House: Architectural Masterworks Since 1900. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson.
Grinceri, D. 2016. Architecture as Cultural and Political Discourse: Case Studies of Conceptual Norms and Aesthetic Practices. New York, Routledge.
Goldhagen, S.W. 2012. The Beauty and Inhumanity of Oscar Niemeyer’s Architecture. https://newrepublic.com/article/111002/beauty-and-inhumanity-oscar-niemeyers-architecture
Jackson, E.A. 1995. “The Modernization of Brazilian Urban Space as a Political Symbol of the Republic.” The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 21, no. 8 (August): 218-237.
Mical, T., ed. 2005. Surrealism and Architecture. New York, NY: Psychology Press.
Ouroussoff, N. 2007. Even if His Own Work Isn’t Broken, a Brazilian Architect Fixes It. https://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/26/arts/design/26niem.html
Philippou, S. 2008. Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence. London: Yale University Press
Underwood, D. 1994. Oscar Niemeyer and the Architecture of Brazil. Rizzoli: New York.