1. describe your process: write about the words you have chosen, the type of ‘brains’ you have adopted in Alice, and the stages of your search, including possible initial dead ends.
I have chosen one of the several times mentioned supertitles, the proportions of lines and architecture in general, for my research and compared it with other books through the Alice search engine. The one in this book is to describe the relations between lines, which is also spoken of so often in the book by G. Guarini. The other describes architecture in a general sense and its relation to civil architecture. With Alice I wanted to talk about these terms only in the architectural context, to stay on topic. Results were listed for all my searches, but often they didn’t get me very far. I had to fight my way through the phrasing to find a meaningful context between the initial term and the search results. I could not find very meaningful connections partly because of the languages and the very long interpretations in context. The greatest difficulty was in understanding the actual book of G. Guarini.
2. illustrate your findings: discuss which two (or more) books you have chosen, how and why these connect with your own book.
Koolhaas talked about the disappearance of architecture in general in his book ‘The Elements of Architecture’, which was published many decades later as the ‘Architettura Civile’, and thus makes a clear interpretation on the perception of architecture in general throughout history. Quote: ”The Cultural Revolution probably stopped architecture in general”(Ren Koolhaas).
Van Eck in his ‘Eighteenth Century Architecture’ talks about clean lines and rational proportions in relation to British architecture. He talks about his clear aesthetic perception and relates it to his preference for British architecture and makes a clear statement that the proportions of lines cannot be described in an absolute and unambiguous context.