Course Description This course looks at a cultural center whose architecture plays a landmark role in its urban context. The Poetry Foundation can be said to sum up the architectural ideals of the new generation of architects. John Ronan’s project is key to understanding how new-concept environments for cultural activities can lead to innovative architecture in line with modern lifestyle requirements, and at the same time symbolize a step forward taken by the city as a whole.
The course includes an introductory text, many pictures, concept sketches illustrating the planning process, technical drawings and a construction detail plan with explanatory legend.
On completing the course, the reader will have a clear overview of the new features emerging in American architecture, an exhaustive insight into the project by John Ronan Architects as well as an understanding of the technologies and materials used.
Learning Objectives After reading this article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Identify the architectural strategies adopted to create innovative architectural features in an urban context.
Assess how the architects played with form and materials to development a striking, high visual-impact public space.
Understand the extent to which spatial layout depends on careful investigation of where best to place the openings and lighting to guarantee maximum occupant wellbeing.
Analyze how distribution circuits and the relationship between interiors and exteriors were designed to achieve maximum occupant comfort.