During a rainy day, I found myself waiting for the N train at 62nd street. As I was looking around, I saw colums being connected by voussoirs. Unlike the Romans, these voussoirs did not have a keystone but just a wide semicircle that connects each columns. “Tudor arch” is what they call this wide arch. Back then, the material made for voussoirs were stones because it was an easy material to find. Now, we use cement which holds the shape of a semicircle without a keystone. As you can see, there is no keystone in this voussoirs which shows advancement in material and form of architecture. It doesn’t have a different function because it’s supposed to hold up the colums just like the Romans. However nowadays you see less often the use of voussoirs because we use plain platforms to hold bug buildings. There are many buildings which incorporates such arches such as the navel in the Santa Sabina and the window which are carved as a voussoirs.
I found this “Medical Arts Building” near the School of Visual Arts. To me, this building struck out to me- not because of its composition but for its material. We can see it is an Ionic order with a frieze, capital, and base. Base on this structural, it does not contain drums within the shaft like the Corinthian or the Temple of Olympian Zeus. In my opinion, because it is not made out of stone the marble constructs this piece into a better form of communication for our modern audience. Changes in the material and composition of traditional architecture inspires the time of new culture, as Prof Yarrow would say. This piece may itself symbolize the growth of our new architecture design that fits this modern age. The title of this building is symbolic to its structure. Media arts, known as digital art is what we use today such as social media, websites, and etc. Having a classical looking temple and comparing it to a title of a modern time period gives it a sense of renewal. One may perhaps think that going pass these doors will be like going back to the future, where else looking at the title, one would expect futuristic structural interior. In this sense of thinking, this building itself is very contradicting. However, it does hold a purpose in having a very visual characteristic which I personally, enjoyed looking at.