Household (Interior) Analysis Assignment
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Household (Interior) Analysis Assignment
Part I: Household (Interior) Analysis
The first part of this assignment involves directly observing, describing and analyzing one part of the household space in which you live. Choose ONE room or area of the household and observe it. Our aim is to approach this space not solely as a user, but as a theorist who can analyze it as an ‘artifact’.
There are many different questions that you can ask in order to become aware of how this room is designed and structured. Remember that you are analyzing this space sociologically, so that the objective here is to examine this site as a product of a culture. That is, even if someone hadn’t been here before, how would they figure it out? Observe its spatial features and consider how they ‘speak’.
Consider the following questions: What are the pivotal objects here and what do they orient us to or ‘make matter’? How does the design ask one to move through the space? How is the space organized and how does that influence how we think or act? How does the design influence what you do here and how you do it? What are the patterns of use that emerge and how does the
space shape those habits? How is the body configured through the space? What kind of body is expected or normalized? How are the senses structured here? Is one sense privileged over another? What kind of aural (sound) or olfactory (smell) or visual (sight) cues are set up here? What kinds of words or terms (linguistic cues) spring to mind, and what kind of ‘mental map’ is
configured through these? Who is expected here and how is that shown? What sorts of roles are set up through the form? Does the design set up a sense of solo use (private) or shared use (public)? Does it create any hierarchies or power differentials? How does it set up social interaction? Remember that for all of these, that you want to ‘make the link’ – show how the spatial
features / design details that you are describing manifest a ‘framework for thinking and acting’.
Part II: Household (Exterior) Analysis
Now that you have observed, described and analyzed one part of the household structure, shift your focus to the exterior. Position yourself so as to directly observe the outside of your household. What type of building is this, and how does the form allow you to identify it as such? What are the main visual cues that convey a sense of the building and its type? Are there cues that
orient to the other senses (sound, smell)? Consider the size of building, the placement of windows, the structure of the doors; what do these suggest? What is the building’s relation to the street? What sorts of pathways or sense of direction and movement have been generated? How is a sense of a neighbour set up here? How does the structure of the building set up a relation to
those neighbours? Are there markers of the private or the public? How do we see these? What are the most significant or important objects here and what do they ask us to think about or value? How does the design set up a sense of normal practice or use? What would be problematic activity here and why? How does the design set up that sense of ‘the problem’? What kinds
of bodies are encouraged to move through this environment, and how are expectations of their ability or agility conveyed? Are there class dimensions to this structure? How does the design of this structure or immediate area show a relation to nature?
Finally, in your concluding paragraphs, reflect on how what you live in now is similar to or different from earlier forms of urban space. Consider one of the periods examined in the first part of the course (ancient, medieval, early industrial) and think about what would be seen as familiar to that urban dweller. What in your living space would be the most unfamiliar or foreign to them? What do you appreciate about the difference between now and then? Is there something that you wish we normalized now, that would have been normalized then? You should use the work of at least ONE of the theorists of the course to support your argument.
Due Date: FMonday, 26 Feb
- Please bring a hard copy to class as well as submit a copy through Blackboard Assignments. If you cannot make it to class, make sure you have submitted the assignment through Blackboard Assignments and bring a hard copy to class the following week.
- Direct observation is required for this analysis. Please identify the general location that you are analyzing.
- Approximately 4-6 pages, double spaced
- 12 point font, 1 inch margins
- Proper referencing format (APA or MLA) is required when specific course material is used (e.g. an article or film). But note that this is NOT a research paper, therefore the written work should be your own, original observations and analysis. Material taken from outside sources that has not been properly referenced (i.e. plagiarism) will result in an essay grade of 0.
- Note: Pictures of this material site may be included as addendums, but they cannot replace the written work. The aim is to show how the urban form ‘speaks’; to do this, you must describe and analyze in written form what is there. As this is NOT A RESEARCH paper, it is expected that the observation and analysis is your own, and utilizes the orientation of the course.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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