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    Hi, im doing extended project at my school with an aim to study Architecture at University, so I am going to write a 6000 word dissertation on a topic involved with architecture. I would really appreciate any question titles you have which have two sides to them so that I can analyse oposing view points.
    Thanks very much, Pete
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    ...well what kind of architecture are you interested in?
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    im mainly looking at architecture of buildings and ways in which architecture have effects in them. Im possibily looking at making my question:

    "Was poor architectural design the cause of the collapse of the 9/11 twin towers?"

    Although im stuggling to find arguments against this, so far i only really have the conspiracy theories.
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    (Original post by Pete10)
    im mainly looking at architecture of buildings and ways in which architecture have effects in them.
    Hmm, I don't really understand what you mean here. Buildings are architecture its not some kind of separate technique applied afterwards. I'm guessing you mean the role architectural design plays with regards to future consequences of design decisions?



    (Original post by Pete10)
    "Was poor architectural design the cause of the collapse of the 9/11 twin towers?"
    I'm sorry but this is a terrible idea for a dissertation topic. Firstly, It is too broad a subject. I believe it took a dedicated team of experts 3 years to investigate the very same topic ( http://wtc.nist.gov/ ) and their conclusions are already written up into quite an expansive report... do you have three years and could you do it better?

    Secondly, it doesn't have so much to do with architecture, more with structural engineering and fire safety - both of which weren't exactly what you wanted to specialist in...

    I'd pick something small and manageable that has plenty of resources available and that you can make a really good study of.
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    any suggestions for a topic then lol
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    (Original post by Pete10)
    any suggestions for a topic then lol
    no, my suggestion is you stop trying to get us to do your homework and you hit the books sunshine lol
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    What interests you about architectures?

    Focus on that.
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    Quiller is right, your suggested title about the twin towers is a really bad idea for a 6000 word essay. You have neither the raw data, the engineering nor the fire / kinetic analysis ability to write anything meaningful on this - it is way beyond a PhD topic, and it would be pointless PhD topic at that.

    as others have said, you really need to read a bit widely and work out what you find interesting. we can't tell you what you like.
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    Why not write something about sustainable approaches to housing construction/design? Sustainability is all the rage these days.

    It's a nice manageable subject. Everybody understands "a house", and there is plenty of information to get your hands on.
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    (Original post by Howard)
    Why not write something about sustainable approaches to housing construction/design? Sustainability is all the rage these days.
    the main risk here is that not going to win any prizes for interest or originality. if you are trying to find angle - how about - to what extent does architectural design fuel aspiration, and thereby consumption - and thereby completely negate any attempts to 'green' a building through sustainable technologies.

    the point - design - for anything, frequently provokes demand that wasn't there - it is aspirational. people see big, designed properties and hanker for that.... the architects have created an own goal in many senses.

    should we be trying to make buildings less sexy as architects?
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    (Original post by jrhartley)
    the main risk here is that not going to win any prizes for interest or originality. if you are trying to find angle - how about - to what extent does architectural design fuel aspiration, and thereby consumption - and thereby completely negate any attempts to 'green' a building through sustainable technologies.

    the point - design - for anything, frequently provokes demand that wasn't there - it is aspirational. people see big, designed properties and hanker for that.... the architects have created an own goal in many senses.

    should we be trying to make buildings less sexy as architects?
    Interesting point.

    Sort of like building a new exhbitiion center incorporating all manner of sustainable materials/technology only to watch an extra 50,000 cars build up around the M25 trying to reach it..........
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    (Original post by Howard)
    Interesting point.

    Sort of like building a new exhbitiion center incorporating all manner of sustainable materials/technology only to watch an extra 50,000 cars build up around the M25 trying to reach it..........
    yeah. but more the 'apple effect' that sexy architecture can achieve. i mean in the sense that a lot of people buy apple products because they are well designed - the design stimulates demand for people who wouldn't normally ever think 'I need a tablet pc'. But because apple makes it sexy, suddenly people go frantic and say they have to have one. maybe not the ipad, but the iphone, etc. half the people don't use the features, they just fall in love with the design as an aspirational possession. it fuels our consumer need.

    the same could be levelled at architecture. by making design so desirable (magazines, tv, etc) people start wanting to consumer bigger and better houses as status, consuming more space, resources in the process.

    i think there's a good debate to be had about far more modest, housing, or even reducing fixed housing and looking at tents, other demountable structures. not saying that is my view or that its right, but i think that a lot of architecture represents the manifestation and reinforcement of US-consumer-led growth values. and i think that is a bad thing.
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    6000 words, **** that
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    don't waste your time.. you'd be better doing extra curic to enhance portfolio.
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    the engineer is responsible for a buildings structural integrity and safety rating. not an architect so the architectural design has no relevance to the collapse of the towers. so take your question and cram it somewhere deep within your rectum and while your crying from forcing it up there take some time to reflect on how little you know about design and its relevant processes.

    ****.
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    well, i'm not sure about that. But you can separate the body of essay by the different among asia, euro, or some kind of architecture you know.
    Then devide the main topic by time classic or mordern is good idea
 
 
 
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