Comparative Analysis of Two Buildings
The second writing assignment asks you to write a comparative analysis of two buildings we have covered this semester. You may choose any two buildings you wish, as long as both buildings appear in the review slides posted in Canvas. It is also important to select a pair of buildings that can be productively compared to one another. In other words, make sure the two buildings have something in common.
Then, look at the two buildings side by side. How are they similar, and how do they differ? Consider the materials, structure, construction techniques, ground plan, elevation, and articulation of the two buildings, as well as their typology, function, meaning, and historical context.
You should rely mainly on information presented in class or found in Ingersoll (the textbook). If your topic necessitates additional research, you must use JSTOR or Oxford Art Online . Do not copy anything you read, and if you use information that comes from anywhere other than Ingersoll, you must also cite your source using footnotes in Chicago style.
Your essay must make an argument and support that central claim using architectural and historical evidence. Your thesis statement should appear at the end of your introductory paragraph. Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence and then present the relevant evidence.
Your essay should be 3-4 double-spaced pages in length, written in the third person, and entirely in your own words. Make sure the version you turn in is the product of several rounds of revisions so that it is clear, concise, and free of typos and grammatical errors.
this link has all the slides mentioned above, pick any two buildings as you see fit.
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