Discuss how the buildings or writings relate to the cultural values and traditions of its time. Is it a representative building or a new innovative structure? What other previous structures might have been a precedent or influence on the design?
Describe the physical context of a key building. What is the character of the surrounding site area? How does the building relate to its context? Is it part of a larger set of building relationships?
Discuss the social significance of the building or literature. What impact might it have on people’s lives? On the lives of architects today?How do various types of people feel about the building? What rituals or cultural events relate to the building or writing?
Choose an architect just a the midterm.What was the architect’s overall philosophy toward architecture? What specific ideas did the architect bring to his work? Who were the architect’s teachers and students?