In this winterim students will be able to apply math and art to architecture. The Old West End of Toledo and Chicago provide a wealth of examples of architectural genres, from arts and crafts houses in the Old West End and Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie style in the outskirts of Chicago, to Victorian and Queen Anne houses, art deco and art nouveau, the emergence of sky scrapers, and our own Maumee Valley upper school.
We will start with research into the design of famous monuments and historical sites—the Parthenon, Coliseum, Eiffel Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, arches, viaducts, etc. What math, physics, and art were involved in the planning?
What planning goes into designing houses and buildings? How much math, geometry, art, and creativity are required. How are designers different from architects? We plan to get instruction from local architects and designers in the area, and at the Columbia School of Design in Chicago.
We will take advantage of our own local examples of architecture in the Old West End, and travel to Chicago, the birthplace of skyscrapers, to visit examples of art deco, art nouveau, and modern architecture, as well as many examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings.
Students will make sketches and plan their own buildings. They will see what practical and artistic considerations go into designing their own buildings. Kate McPherson, other local architects and designers, and professors at the Columbia School of Design will help us with software simulations and planning. We will hopefully also meet with city planners in Toledo and research what green cities will look like in the future.
Students will be evaluated on sketches, plans, and models they construct; research and papers on city planning and the architecture of historical buildings; and general cooperation and enthusiasm.