24 August 2015

Architecture and social change



Final Paper


What should it be about?

As this is a 4000 level seminar, you have a fair degree of latitude in terms of choosing your topic. The only stipulation is that your topic should have a direct relationship to one of the course themes, which are as follows:

Forced Change, which focuses on the more authoritarian uses of design and architecture to force social and cultural change.
Engineered Change, which looks at how the paradigms of modernity and mass production have influenced architecture and design and their concomitant effect on society as a whole.

Visionary Change: Here we look at the more utopian visions of designers and architects as they attempt to apply their knowledge to create a better world.

Purchased Change: what is the relationship between consumer culture and architecture and design? In what ways is architecture and design complicit with some of the more negative elements of consumer culture? Can architects and designers offer alternatives?

Desperate change: the environment is in crisis, as we know. What can designers and architects to help turn things around? Can there be such a thing as sustainable design and can our buildings “teach” us new ways to live and relate to the world around us?

Hyper Change: here we look at the more radical applications of cutting edge technology, especially digital technology, as applied to architecture and design. Such technologies have allowed for new materials and entirely new paradigms for envisioning and realizing objects and structures. Will this allow us to enter a brave new world?

Methodology and Approach

Your paper can deal with your topic in a variety of manners. You could take a historical approach in the sense that you deal with a historical figure such as Albert Speer or a particular group, such as the Bauhaus, and explore it in a critical and informed manner. You could profile the work of a particular contemporary architect, such as Zaha Hadid and examine her work in light of architectural and cultural theory (there are many prominent Canadian designers/architects who live in the GTA so you could also profile a local architect/designer). You could also tackle a larger area, such as green design, and work through some leading trends and issues. The main thing to keep in mind is that your paper should not be a “report,” in the sense of just relaying information or facts. You must probe your topic, take a critical stance and support your ideas with historical and theoretical material. In other words, you must have a point to prove and a specific, well-developed thesis. As a guide, take a look at any of the readings that are assigned for this course. They are, generally speaking, all examples of the kind of work that I am looking for.

How Long Should it Be?

13 – 16 pages, without images. So 3250 – 4000 words

Sources


The sources should match those in your annotated bibliography, so you should have at least 12 sources, ranging from academic books, journal articles, trade sources (such as Azure Magazine articles), relevant Web pages, news paper articles, etc.. You may also incorporate interviews, if you have someone local that you can approach. Please be sure to document all your sources and to indicate when you have paraphrased or quoted something. While one or two of your sources can come from the reading list, the majority must come from outside the course. This is a research paper, so part of the point is to do actual research.

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Aesthetic of beautyWrite a 750 word essay with a thesis and clear compelling supporting evidence based on an issue addressed by one of the authors we have read and the relationship of those ideas to a work of art (max 900 words).

Authors:
*Plato – Republic
*Aristotle – Poetics
*Immanuel Kant – Critique of Judgement

For example, Kant's philosophy is that when something is beautiful, it also has to be universally perceived as beautiful, so I'm guessing Mona Lisa would be a an artwork that would relate to this philosophy.

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Aesthetic of beautyWrite a 750 word essay with a thesis and clear compelling supporting evidence based on an issue addressed by one of the […]


24 August 2015

Leonardo Da VinciPaper instructions:

 Leonardo Da Vinci

Research his life. *Make a convincing case as to why this person ahd his work embodies the cultural priorities and specific ideologies of his era in history.* Exactly how does it express this zeitgeist (“spirit of age”)?

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Leonardo Da VinciPaper instructions:  Leonardo Da Vinci Research his life. *Make a convincing case as to why this person ahd his work embodies the […]


24 August 2015

Case vignette

Case Study Writing Assignments:

(50 points each)

Students are responsible for submitting a case study write up (vignette provided in ecollege). This written case vignette will include the client’s presenting problem(s). history and symptoms, and all other relevant information necessary for drawing diagnostic conclusions. Students will review the case and supplemental material and providing a clinical diagnosis and differential diagnosis using the DSM-5. Students will also provide a rationale for the diagnoses, as well as a discussion of possible etiology, prognoses, cultural & ethical considerations, case conceptualization, and treatment considerations (guidelines will be distributed in class). Each writing assignment will require a 6-8 page case report (typed, double-spaced, one inch margins). Students will be required to cite any sources used within the text of your report (Guidelines will be distributed in class and posted in Doc Sharing)

The Case of Karen DePaul

Karen is a 36 year-old married Caucasian woman with no children. Karen sought treatment at a local private practice because she felt “stressed out,” about her marriage, “I know it’s temporary and I know I’m overreacting. I sure don’t want to, but I feel upset!”

Karen, who is employed as a fourth grade school teacher was referring to her husband’s new work schedule. “John” is an air traffic controller at a city airport. Two months ago his schedule changed from days shift to “swing shift” consisting of 12 hour shifts at night and every other weekend.

John sleeps during days and works at 8:00 pm. Since his new schedule, Karen and John rarely see each other except on his days off during which he tries to resume a normal sleep schedule so he and Karen can spend time together.

The DePaul’s have been married three years, and they have no children. Both had been married once before. Neither reported drinking, smoking, or illicit drug use. Karen’s only encounter with the mental health system had occurred seven years earlier, when her first husband left her for another man. “I respect his right not to continue living a lie,” she stated, “but I felt terribly alone and humiliated.”
Karen’s symptoms now were much as they had been then. Most of the time when she was at work, she felt “about normal” and maintained good interest in what she was doing. But when she was at home and in the evenings, she would be visited by waves of sadness. At times, she lacked the motivation to attend to her daily activities, though much of the time she would “barrel through.” She often cried to herself and felt guilty for giving into her emotions.”It’s not as if someone had died after all.” Although she had some difficulty sleeping at night, she slept soundly to the morning. Her weight was constant, her appetite was good, and she had no suicidal ideas or thoughts of wishes of death. She did not report any problems with her concentration and she denied ever having symptoms of mania.

During the ending of her first marriage, she had remained depressed and upset until a few weeks after the divorce was final. Then she seemed to suddenly be able to put it behind her and begin dating once again.

“I know I’ll feel better, once John gets off that schedule,” she stated. “I guess it just makes me feel worthless, playing second fiddle to airplanes. I feel like I’ve been abandoned.”



Note: Follow the case writeup guidelines. Conceptualize and treatment from your theory and theorist of choice (select one theory/theorist only).


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Case vignette Case Study Writing Assignments: (50 points each) Students are responsible for submitting a case study write up (vignette provided in ecollege). This […]


24 August 2015

TechnologyPaper instructions:
Successful organizations find ways to apply advances in technology in innovative ways. Consider the new capabilities that technology offers and how those capabilities are being used in the world of marketing. Write an essay explaining how marketers are using new technology to achieve their goals. Identify some important advances in technology. Explain what these technological advances do and why they are an improvement over what was previously available. Describe innovative and effective ways that marketers are using these advances to help their organizations. Provide examples to support your conclusions.

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TechnologyPaper instructions:Successful organizations find ways to apply advances in technology in innovative ways. Consider the new capabilities that technology offers and how those capabilities […]


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