architecture research topics

1. A Brief Consideration of Some Modern Building Projects and Their Influence on Architecture

Desc: This 4-page undergraduate paper answers four questions concerning architecture, including: "Many large buildings from the last 100 years are built with a solid appearing base 2 or 3 stories high, a mid section with vertical or horizontal emphasis, and a large "cornice" consisting of a different treatment of the top 1 or 2 floors or a wide or decorated overhang. This theme can be seen in many buildings in San Francisco including many modern skyscrapers. Look around for an example of this and please tell me about it.", "Can you think of any projects in recent times attempting to make major changes within existing cities?", "Look around for some columns that are not vertical and tell me about the particular building you choose", and "Think about large contemporary projects (not necessarily construction projects) that were not carried out by architects, but which nevertheless had an influence on architecture". In answering these questions, this paper considers buildings as diverse as the Haas-Lilienthal House in San Francisco, the Team Disney headquarters in Burbank, California, The Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, the Pyramide du Louvre in Paris, and the New Globe Theater in England.

2. A Brief Examination of William Butterfield's Life and Achievements.

Desc: This paper addresses the life and the works of the prominent architect, William Butterfield. 2 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

3. A Discussion of the Influence of Classical Antiquity upon the Architecture of Andrea Palladio

Desc: This paper will discuss Palladio's life and art with respect to his interest in the architecture of classical Roman antiquity. It will be argued that from his earliest encounters with the monuments of classical Rome while a young apprentice, to his renewed engagement with classical forms as a mature architect, Palladio's work was profoundly influenced by the architecture of antiquity. Beginning with an analysis of Palladio's first contact with the antique, the application of his acquired knowledge in this regard will be studied with respect to some of his major works. 8 pgs. 25 f/c. 5b.

4. A Secular Temple: The Pantheon in Rome as a Representation of the Contradictions of Roman Imperial Architecture.

Desc: This paper will argue that the "reading" of the Pantheon as an embodiment of Roman architectural values is problematic at best. It will be seen that while it embodies distinctive features of Roman architectural design, in many respects the Pantheon's design also seems to reflect a sense of "play" not normally associated with Roman culture. A complex of contradictions that may be said to mirror its builder, the cosmopolitan Hadrian, and his empire at its height. 8.5 pgs. 14 f/c. 5b.

5. A Summary of "The Architecture Profession."

Desc: This paper will summarize the article, "The Architecture Profession." This paper will highlight important points and show the relationship between the Architecture Profession and all other professions. One of the main roles of the architect is to balance the constraints between Clients and Project Workers. The building architect is more visible in this process than is the software architect, partly because their focuses are different. The software architect is focused on building a robust product in terms of the technology in vogue, while the building architect is more directly concerned with aesthetics and conceivably with economics. Building architects are more likely to shape the structure to requirements than are software architects; other considerations, like the domain and solution technology, provide the structural constraints for the software architect.

6. A Temple of Spirit: The Guggenheim Museum.

Desc: This paper examines the structure the Guggenheim Museum of New York. With examples, this paper will examine the many architectural elements in this building as well as the symmetry that is seen beyond the walls. In conclusion, this paper will define architecture as an art and even a story to be told. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

7. ACC

Desc: This paper examines the Air Canada Centre (ACC), stadium in Toronto, Ontario. It focuses on the dynamic demands of the client group, unique in the history of stadium construction and the responses of the architects and project managers.

8. Accountability And Proficiency Testing: Is Standardized Testing A Beneficial Way Of Showing Student Learning.

Desc: This is a 12-page proposal to define that standardized tests are beneficial for showing student learning and accountability of the teachers

9. Activity Based Costing.

Desc: This is a 6-page paper that analyzes and argues that activity based costing is most appropriate for assigning costs to products for all types of organizations.

10. Ala Moana Shopping Center

Desc: The following discussion will evaluate the attractiveness and architectural structure of the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Hawaii in greater detail, emphasizing the importance of various aspects of retail establishments as a whole, including pricing, marketing, location, and convenience. It is estimated that Ala Moana provides a number of unique services to its consumers that should not be forgotten.

11. Albert Kahn's Cranbrook House and Charles Voysey's House at Shackleford.

Desc: This essay discusses Albert Kahn's Cranbrook House and Charles Voysey's House at Shackleford. Both houses were very typical of their period, designed in a way that very much reflected the pattern of their time. 2 pgs. No bibliography provided.

12. An Analysis of the Michelangelo's Ceiling Frescos in the Sistine Chapel

Desc: This paper will seek to analyze the Sistine Chapel, and the various frescos painted on the ceiling by Michelangelo during the sixteenth century. By revealing the major frescoes in this building, such as the Last Judgment, we can understand the depth of humanistic ideology, which was present in the Vatican's choice in allowing Michelangelo to create the beautiful story of Christ in this artistic form.

13. An Architectural Analysis of the Great Mosque in Cordoba, Spain.

Desc: This paper will discuss the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain. The Mosque will be described in detail in an architectural sense and will then be evaluated on its importance to Spain in a historical sense to understand the level of pride the people of this country take in this monument to their culture. Also discussed will be the influence of this mosque on architecture in the region and how this building can be differentiated from other religious structures, such a churches and other mosques that are in the area. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

14. Analysis of Modern Architecture.

Desc: This paper will discuss architecture in the modern scope and how such architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright.

15. Andrea Palladio.

Desc: This is a 8-page paper in MLA style that describes the architecture of Andrea Palladio and the architectural designs he prompted. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

16. Antoni Gaudi.

Desc: This fifteen-page paper looks at the life of Spain's most famous architect Antoni Gaudi, his works and how others perceive him. Discussing, key aspects of design he has used and how many see these designs.

17. Architect: Antoni Gaudi.

Desc: This fifteen-page paper looks at the life of Spain's most famous architect Antoni Gaudi, his works and how others perceive him. Discussing, key aspects of design he has used and how many see these designs.

18. Architectural Acoustics and Concert Halls.

Desc: This paper is on architecture, acoustics, and concert halls. One of the most important factors involved in the propagation of sound in an enclosed space is reverberation. This is the effect of sounds persisting for some time after the arrival of the direct sound wave as a result of the strength of multiple reflections of the sound off the walls and other surfaces in a room. To put it simply, the longer a sound is bounced around in a room, the longer is its reverberation time (Hall, p.432).

19. Architectural Strategies of Charles W. Moore.

Desc: This paper will describe the architectural design strategies of Charles Willard Moore, one of the most notable architects of the Post-Modern era. Three famed examples of his ingenious work will be selected during the course of the paper, and his core strategies will be described in that backdrop. During the course of the paper an attempt will also be made to show how his work qualifies as belonging to the Post-Modern era of architecture

20. Architecture

Desc: This paper discusses the Mayan style of Frank Lloyd Wright's building in Los Angeles, Hollyhock House, noting ways in which the building emulates Mayan architecture and so creates the impression of another time and place. It offers impressions of the building itself, and discusses the contribution of the railroads to the development of America and to the creation of Big business as an entity.

21. Architecture and Technology.

Desc: This paper examines the links between architecture and technology. It examines the period from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. It focuses on iron, cast iron, and concrete and their impact on construction and design.

22. Architecture in India

Desc: This is a 4-page paper on the religious symbolism in the Hindu temples architecture. 4 pgs, bibliography lists 5 sources.

23. Architecture of Fillipo Brunelleschi and Michelozzo di Bartolommeo in the Italian Renaissance.

Desc: This paper will discuss the Fillipo Brunelleschi and Michelozzo di Bartolommeo in the Italian Renaissance. By understanding the architectural elements that are apparent in the buildings made by these men, we can understand their historical importance.

24. Architecture: Acoustics and Reflected Sound.

Desc: This paper examines architecture, acoustics and reflected sound. It explains how rooms and concert halls are designed to minimize reflected noise and enhance sound quality.

25. Architecture: The Art of Order.

Desc: This paper discusses the meaning of order in relation to architecture. This paper also looks at order in ancient art and the meaning and perception of order. Architecture is a reflection of the combination of spiritual and mortal associations with the physical environment. For this we look at order, we see the order of things is positively influenced by environment and time. In many instances, order is apprehended first of all by the senses. The observer perceives an organized structure in the shapes and colors or sounds facing him. In ancient times, temples housed images of the gods and were decorated with sculpture and paintings. Painting also flourished on vases, which were important articles of trade. Sculpture, inspired by the monumental stone sculpture of Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Greeks began to carve in stone. Freestanding figures share the solidity and frontal stance characteristic of Eastern models, but their forms are more dynamic than those of Egyptian sculpture, as for example the Lady of Auxerre and Torso of Hera.