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jrk92 wrote:Hi, My name is Jarek and I've applied for architecture course in UL. I have to submit my portfolio and Statement :''Architecture is concerned with all of the environment. In your locale,what are some of the particular characteristics of that environment- both built and unbuilt?''( they also mentioned ''rather than preparing an historical outline, consider your own response to and ynderstanding of your surroundings.Please pay particular attention to the limit of 500 words) actually my portfolio is well done and I dont worry about it but that statement is a little bit difficult to understand because of my english because I've lived in Ireland for 3 years. I asked my friends but they have no idea what to write. If anyone could help me with it. actually I uderstand the title but I dont know how to start and what to include in it. Thank you guys for any help you can offer me:)
Hey Jarek ,
I'm not an architect myself but I guess when they say ''Architecture is concerned with all of the environment."..this refers to the impact buildings have visually - once they are built - are they in keeping with other buildings that are already nearby in terms of style , size , height and materials used in construction. Are they 'green'.. low consumers of electricity or fossil fuels....and produce low amounts of CO2 and waste. Are they user friendly in terms of access and use.... this sounds like basic enough stuff so I hope its not a waste of time.
"In your locale,what are some of the particular characteristics of that environment- both built and unbuilt?"... if you locale is Limerick city then I suppose you have to mention its historical heritage - medieval core ( Englishtown and Irishtown)..and its Georgian area..
You'd probably have to mention the donut effect that has developed here and in many cities due to the out of town shopping centres and retails parks that are destroying trade in the city centre... also how architects and city council are trying to make the centre more attractive by pedestrianisation of streets , quayside walkways and the restoration of old buildings as tourist attractions...
thats my quick tuppence worth !!
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"Unbuilt" refers to everything else, including the historical context that Griff refers to, as well as the renewal of several areas in the City including the Courthouse, Rosbrien Road, Steamboat Quay, etc.
There is a tension in architecture at the moment, as the whole axis of design turns from "in your face style" commercialism to the green "help your planet go carbon neutral" agenda and you might find some examples of both in Limerick.
I don't think they're looking for a pat answer or a history lesson. They want your appreciation of your environment. I don't think you should limit yourself by reading architectural polemics and parroting them back to the assessors - it will sound false to them.
If after you've given your honest opinion, whatever it may be - you make some references to work you like - well and good.
You could relate the good and bad here to your previous experience in your own country, for example the public buildings in the neo-classical mode in Eastern Europe under communism, viewed in contrast to Murray O'Laoire's more free-form modernist work.
It really depends on you and your own views and if you have strong views you should express them as best you can, perhaps even including concept sketches to illustrate your central points.
This about how architecture appeals to you, but don't get too wound up about it.
A strongly themed portfolio showing some design maturity and understanding of buildings will mean a lot to them and I would include some analytical studies or sketches in it.
This the appreciation of the building in context, the urban form the positive of the buildings forms, the negative of the spaces between them and how the buildings form these spaces.
The way some buildings make exterior rooms while others glory in themselves, whether Blob or Prism architecture or Meccano architecture [my terms BTW, one borrowed].
The fact that in this century for the first time, more of us will live in cities than outside them may open a discussion about Urban Landscaping as opposed to Urban Planning, vertical gardens and carbon-reducing Titanium cement.
You should probably check out the DOE website and in particular the Ministers statement of intent about how high quality design will shape Ireland in the next few years.
Anyway, whatever you say or write, it should be from the heart and with some feeling.
But that's just me.
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