✓ ARTH 301 History of Architecture
John Ochsendorf at UNCA, 2012
ARTH 301: CURRICULUM ENHANCEMENT FUNDS for ARTH 301
The students in this course, History of Architecture, visit Biltmore Estate. As an important structural monument in Asheville, North Carolina, designed by the prominent architect Richard Morris Hunt, the students learn about the various architectural styles incorporated into the building (often referred to as French Renaissance, this revival style also integrates Classical and Gothic styles) and the materials used as well as the factors taken into account for the construction (both structural and aesthetic). Students consider the function, space, design, and support systems. Whenever possible, we take advantage of the rooftop tour and/or a guided tour of the gardens and landscape designed by noted landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.
CONSTRUCT A TOOTHPICK BRIDGE
–can be any shape
–make sure to have a hole through the bridge for the string AND a flat top to place the mousetrap board on top
–must be constructed of 3″ toothpicks and white glue although the use of kite string is optional (not string any stronger)
–toothpicks should not be soaked or coated with glue (use a minimal amount of glue)
–weights will be piled on until the bridge breaks
–size: slightly over 10″ (span 10″ plus sides to sit on pedestal)
–maximum size: 2′
A hybrid of ART/PHYSICS/ENGINEERING: The final bridges will be tested to see which structural type can hold the most weight.
FIELDTRIPS: ARCHITECTURE of DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE
I.M. PEI Building:
GOTHIC REVIVAL Design in Asheville: First Presbyterian Church