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Lesson Plans

My Questions

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Thu, 5 Nov 1998 22:32:29 EST

These are my sequential questions. The subject that Adam and I are working
on involves architecture that not only aesthetically "fits" with a given
environment, but also uses the natural setting in the design of a building.
My questions center on a church known as the Chapel of the Holy Cross in
Sedona Arizona. Sedona has a city ordinance that governs the aesthetic
qualities of any building that is constructed in town. These qualities must
be complimentary with the environment of Sedona. In my questions, I begin by
attempting to establish the concept of complimentary natural and man-made
features in architecture then moving on to the Chapel of the Holy Cross in
Sedona as an example of this concept.

1. (Establish theme) What are complementary shape and colors?
2. (Relationships of forms) What kind of clues are we able to get to tell
when two objects compliment each other? How can we tell when two things do
not go together or compliment each other?
3. (Moving from concepts to real objects) What is the difference in form,
generally speaking, between natural shapes and man-made shapes? Can natural
shapes and man-made shapes, even though they are different, compliment each

4. (Moving to architecture) If you were to build a house in a given
environment, say a desert, and you were to build this house to compliment the
shapes of the environment (the desert)--what would your house look like?
Where would you begin to look for ideas? What kinds of shapes and colors
occur naturally in the desert?
5. (moving more specifically towards Sedona) How would the shape and color of
the house be different if the give environment was in the mountains rather
than the desert?
--Introduce picture of Chapel of the Holy Cross

6. (Incorporating information from previous discussions) In what kinds of
ways did the architect of the Chapel use shapes, forms and colors from the
environment in the design?
7. (Understanding architect's motivations) Why do you think the architect
chose to put the Chapel here rather than someplace else, a plateau for
8. (Success of work) Is the Chapel successfully built to compliment the
landscape? Why?
9. (Students opinions for knowledge base for lesson) What kind of things
would you have done differently if you were the architect?
10. (Ideas beyond the lesson) Aesthetically, what do you think the architect
is trying to achieve by building a church of this nature in this location?
11. Aesthetically, how would this chapel differ form other churches of
typical design, typical location (in town)?
12. Do you think that this building was designed to be placed on the site it
was constructed or do you think that it was designed first and then the site
was chosen? (this would then lead into the discussion of Sedona's city

Eric Johnson Arted 596