This week we have learned what section drawing is. It is kind of drawing that shows a structure’s interior parts when it is cut by a straight plane. Our instructors gave us a model owned by an old freshman year student to draw sections of it. This time we only cut the structure by a vertical plane and drew it isometric.
After the previous assignment, our instructures wanted us to produce a diagram of it. It was something new for us. We started to producing it and after that they wanted us to make a model with the same units but one element of that unit should be streched and also we should have be in accordance with that diagram. I tried a lot to reach that model but I couldn’t. And then, I realized that the diagram was so specific to that previous model. So that, I tried to produce a generic diagram as possible and I tried to make units grouped according to their relations. This time it was lots more easy. So that I could reach this model. In addition, stretching operation made me gain new relations even though I lost some of them. It was a good experience that taught me lot of useful things.
In this 5 days holiday, I had a chance to read previous assigned chapters of Towards an Architecture. I’ve gone over those chapters because I wanted to make everything crystal clear. At the very last I’ve read the “Regulating Lines”, in other words “construction lines”. In this chapter Le Corbusier lays emphasis on significance of layout of an construction. That is the thing that I’ve always been heard but never gave importace to. Whereas, I’ve learned that regulating lines makes us avoid arbitrary results. But they can still give us great satisfactory.
The thing which was riveting for me was the use of regulating lines even in the earlier eras. After primitive humans settled to a place which is optimum for their needs, they started to build new habitat. But they did not started doing it randomly. They were planning everything even though they did not have a tool to help them measure anything. They used their legs, fingers, steps to measure things. So that they did not take planning for granted. It was so surprising for me because even they didn’t have units of measurements they used regulating lines.
I have realized that regulating lines provides the compatible compositions of the proportions, lines and the colours. And they awaken us to see senseful and coherent relations clearly. Namely, we should use regulating lines as a tool to help us but not for a solution.
As I touched on in my previous post, we chose an image from our school library to make collage. For the second step of this work we made a hardcopy collage. But in this case we used text too. Again I tried to use grid as a tool. I divided my image as vertical stripes by using grid. But still I paid attention to reference lines of the image. And then, I combined them with the texts.
For this week, our instructors wanted us to go to our school library and search the sources to choose an image. This image was going to be used for our digital collage and hardcopy collage which was going to be produced by handwork. I found this image from an art journal. Because I thought that this picture has many certain reference lines. Then I used grid as a tool to make my collage. But while I was playing with the divided parts I paid attention my reference ines too which were already in the image. Also I changed certain parts’ opacity too.
By referencing the video “Leonard Bernstein: Young People’s Concerts – What Does Music Mean?” Bernstein wants to break all common thoughts about music and its meaning. He claims that music is about nothing, music is never about anything. Music just is. Music is notes which are put together such a way that we get pleasure of listening and hearing. When someone states a sentence we would have lots of ideas that came to our mind. But what about music? What ideas does it make us have? Notes does not tell you any ideas or stories. None of them about anything but music. They aren’t like words at all. Notes just have musical meanings. He demonstrates his ideas with an example. He plays a song which has made everyone think that its about Wild West, cowboys, horses and stuff. But that song is composed by an Italian who called Rossini that never heard about Wild West nor cowboys. And Bernstein adds that music is just written for musical reasons, no other reasons. It has written to be excited.
Additionaly, Le Corbusier depicts his ideas which are about what does architecture about and what should architects acquire, in Pure Creation of the Mind and Towards a New Architecture. Like Bernstein, Corbusier alleges that architecture does not have to be inspired by
or based on something. Architecture is about art. It doesn’t have to be practical like all engineers do. On the contrary, architects analyses compositions, relations and harmonies of the elements. They make emotions aroused when art enters in.
I think Leonard Bernstein uses music and Le Corbusier uses a plastic art to mention same things. Both architecture and music have their own meaning whithin them. There doesn’t have to be anything else to be inspired by.