November 1st, 2012

disney - ariel facepalm

California Architecture Midterm

I don't think I did too well on my California Architecture midterm today.

The first half of the twentieth century in California architecture is pretty crazy, what with the transition from Victorians in the 1900s to the modern case study houses of the late 1950s-early 1960s.  There's a lot of little movements and architects doing their own little thing, and I honestly can't keep track of a lot of it.  It would definitely help if I'd seen some of these buildings in person, but the focus is largely on Southern California and the Los Angeles area.  I mean, there were a couple of Northern California slides, but none that I've never visited.

One of the slides we had to write about was William Wurster's Gregory Farm House.  I don't know what's special about that building, so I ended up writing some rambling nonsense about the rustic interior reflecting the native architecture but using modern materials.  I don't know if that's correct.  I have no idea what the other houses in Scotts Valley look like, or what the farm house is made from.  I just knew I had to write something down. 

That was pretty much my entire approach to the exam, actually.

Luckily, we've still got a paper and a final so even if I bomb the exam, it won't be the end of the world.  Fingers crossed.