Two specific, self-selected case studies : Smithfield and Holborn Viaduct
Introduction: A brief description of the context of the essay and the
issues it will explore; try to engage the reader in the relevance of the
argument and your own approach towards it.
• Content: Now that you have established your individual topic,
demonstrate your research and analysis in a structured discussion of
the following areas:
o Research and analysis of two specific, self-selected case studies:
Unlike the formative assessment, you will form comparisons of
different approaches using TWO personally selected case
studies in London, dating from before the twentieth century.
o Context of design: You will analyse the historic, social, economic,
material and cultural context of design for the comparative
examples you have selected in London.
o The figure of the architect: Consider the agendas and ideals in
the creation of the buildings you are discussing. Alalyse how
these may have influenced the work you’re looking at. What
were they trying to test and promote, in their structure, style
and programme? Consider what social and aesthetic values each
one of these projects was promoting?
o References: Your essay must call upon academic references, AS
WELL AS using your own observations and images.
o Images: These should be deliberately selected to reinforce the
point you are making in the text. For example, if you’re talking
about the spatial quality inside a church, it might be better to
use a plan, interior axonometric or even a sketch of your own,
rather than an image of the church’s exterior.
• Comparative analysis (synthesis): Based on research and analysis, you
need to construct a well-supported argument about the relation
between architecture and context, and draw inferences between your
selected buildings. Has anyone written about these buildings? Do they
make the same analyses and critiques as you? Can you find contrasting
opinions about the same buildings? This critique should include quotes
from your academic research, and graphic analysis from your own
drawings and photographs, as well as archive materials. How can you
demonstrate points of similarity and difference?
• Conclusion: This should not be a recap of everything in the essay. What
have you learned from the research undertaken? What is your critical
architectural reflection following constructing this comparison?
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