Your assignment is to choose a topic related to the required text or video lectures we learned in this semester (or at least related to architecture) and finish a 3,000 words paper. If you want to choose something not mentioned, please email the instruction to make sure if it is possible.
You are encouraged to develop your own BIG idea for the paper. An architect, a building, a historical event, a book or treatise, a style of architecture, an architecture school…it is a free topic. For example, your paper could explore some of the following issues:
Discuss how the buildings or writings relate to the cultural values and traditions of its time. Is it a representative building or a new innovative structure? What other previous structures might have been a precedent or influence on the design?
Describe the physical context of a key building. What is the character of the surrounding site area? How does the building relate to its context? Is it part of a larger set of building relationships?
Discuss the social significance of the building or literature. What impact might it have on people’s lives? On the lives of architects today?How do various types of people feel about the building? What rituals or cultural events relate to the building or writing?
Choose an architect just a the midterm.What was the architect’s overall philosophy toward architecture? What specific ideas did the architect bring to his work? Who were the architect’s teachers and students?
Detailed Requirements (Important)
Use Arial font, 12 point, double-spaced, with 1” on all margins.
Use Chicago Style 16 footnotes and a bibliography.The footnotes and bibliography do not count toward the 3000 word count. More information on Chicago Style 16 can be accessed at The Chicago Style Manual through the Purdue OWL and at Fairfield University. Please see “Chicago Style 16 Sample Paper ” as an example of what a completed paper should look like in Chicago Style 16.
Use 5 Sources
You are required to use at least 5 sources total for the 3000 word paper.Information for this paper should come from a variety of sources. You are encouraged to use books, videos, interviews, documentaries and academically recognized scholarly web sources in order to develop your own “big idea” that will clearly articulate an organized set of ideas about the architect you have chosen. Web page sources may be used, but online journals and publications that are accessed through the UF Libraries Databases are more appreciated. Do not use Wikipedia (or and Wiki or encyclopedia sites) as a source as it is unverifiable and can be edited at any time. To begin your search for scholarly sources, please visit the AFA Library page.
Please include a Bibliography of your sources. Note that the Bibliography format is slightly different from the footnote format, as it is alphabetized by the last name.
Title of Paper
Course and Section Number
Word Count: not including footnotes cover page or bibliography
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