In this chapter, I have learned many country’s architectural method, history and culture and I realized how great human being are. Long time ago, people lived in cave and only they could do was painting on the wall but now, people challenged impossible thought and try to make it happen in real life. While I read textbooks, I could not imagine how they build such a big cathedral or pantheon. At that time, they did not have modern technology. I felt no matter culture or region, ancient people were just great!
In the class we explored Teotihuacan, Mexico where the Pyramid'Sun was found. This city was representative of life and death coexisting in that area. Ancient Egypt brought this idea to the first the Mastaba, and then the Great Pyramids at Giza, the monumental Wu-Wu structures was created by the male pharaohs of Egypt, they preserved bodies for the after-life. The Acropolis in Ancient Greece showed stacking in their temples like the Parthenon.Compare to Roman and Greek architecture more, both Roman and Greek architecture are considedered classical, although the Romans invented new building material such as concrete and cement, while the Greeks used limestone and marble. The Romans developed new method to build more efficient. Showing the beauty that was skillfully achieved by Greeks and adding their own practically and ingenuity, the Roman style was more seen in public dwellings and social gathering areas, such as basilicas and forums, than in their temples. Although their buildings are beautiful on the outside and the inside are equally beautiful, with many-colored walls and paintings. The Greeks people built beautiful architecture for the worship of their gods. The gods were the driving force behind any major architecture of the Hellenistic period. Another major difference between Greek and Roman architecture was the design purpose. Greek architecture was made for a piece of art that would give pleasure to the gods. Exteriors of the buildings designed buildings as a sculpture in a sense, with all of the beauty.
I tried to read lots of cathedrals and Gothic architecture through books and internet. Because when I was in Korea, I got a chance to go to Germany and visited Cologne city to see Cologne Cathedral. While I entering the city, I thought the cathedral was Disney castle. I could see only the building. My first impression was “Wow” I was daunted by the mass. The cathedral was amazingly huge and decorated unbelievable hand-made sculpture, story-telling like mosaic windows and so much detailed work. Textbooks reminded me the memory and I felt sorry I was not educated enough to look at it. If I had architectural knowledge at that time, I could more enjoy and admire it. Now I understand that why ancestors wanted to build higher and what is the meaning of it. In Cathedrals, verticality stands for many things; strength, Christianity, and heaven. They wanted to feel like they are connected to God.
I did not have a chance to take Western architecture history that deals with Egypt, Greek, Roman and so on.This image is representing my thought. I had something unclear or i cannot sure about ancient architecture period but this chapter made me make sure information that i was unclear or questioned to my self. I had a good opportunity to take a look architectural time period and know more deeply. Every time, I got knowledge that I did not sure and rearrange it in my head so question mark and exclamation mark!