Architecture and its Environment Term Paper by jlatigue

A look at the relationship between architecture and the environment.
# 149508 | 1,439 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 20, 2011 in Architecture (Buildings) , Architecture (Modern) , Environmental Studies (Design)

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This paper examines the place and importance of architecture in human culture, further considering the uses of buildings and how their design has changed over time. First, the paper discusses the purpose of architecture which is cited as making places where people feel more human, more alive, more fulfilled. Next, the paper notes how architecture can be used to control human behavior by looking at the design of prisons. Then, the paper examines the architectural role of commercial and residential buildings. Finally, the paper explores sustainable architecture in light of today's environmental awareness and concerns. The paper concludes by stating that humanity needs a sustainable environment to keep creating the buildings and structures that we as humans need to maintain our way of life.


How Physical Structure Affects Human Behavior
Architecture as a Means of Controlling Human Behavior
Environmental Implications Designs
Commercial Designs
Residential Designs
Importance of Architectural Development Supporting Sustainable Development

From the Paper:

"One of the easiest ways to see how architecture has been (and still is) used to control human behavior is by looking at the prison system. The first penitentiary built in the United States was the Eastern State Penitentiary and it was built on the Quaker ideals of reforming the prisoners held within its walls. According to US (1995-2011), "Eastern's seven earliest cell blocks may represent the first modern building in the United States. The concept plan, by the British-born architect John Haviland, reveals the purity of the vision. Seven cell blocks radiate from a central surveillance rotunda. Haviland's ambitious mechanical innovations placed each prisoner had his or her own private cell, centrally heated, with running water, a flush toilet, and a skylight. Adjacent to the cell was a private outdoor exercise yard contained by a ten-foot wall. In the vaulted, skylit cell, the prisoner had only the light from heaven, the word of God (the Bible) and honest work (shoemaking, weaving, and the like) to lead to penitence. In striking contrast to the Gothic exterior, Haviland used the grand architectural vocabulary of churches on the interior. He employed 30-foot, barrel vaulted hallways, tall arched windows, and skylights throughout."

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