There are six oppositions that we discussed in class. I have found an example of each of them in the Twin Cities.
1. Man and Physical Nature
Downtown Minneapolis may not have the largest skyscrapers in the world, but the designers still had to deal with physical nature. Downtown is near the Mississippi River...even thought the river doesn't flood too much, if at all in the spring, a possible flood was still possibly taken into consideration when building many of the buildings in downtown. Also, the type of soil in the area was looked at an taken into consideration for the loads the buildings would give. Another natural threat is tornados, which architects have to consider as a threat. And lastly, the Coriolis effect was probably looked at a little with some of the larger buildings like the IDS Tower, Wells Fargo Center, and the US Bancorp.
2. Climate and Enclosure
Minneapolis doesn't see too many tornados, but that is something that we have to deal with because of our climate. Because of this threat many of the buildings have tornado shelter within them to help to protect people in case a tornado does come through.
3. Gravity and Movement
The Stone Arch Bridge
The Stone Arch Bridge is obviously a bridge that helps people to span across the river. There are many other bridges all over Minneapolis...I just chose the most awesome one to talk about...
The Skyways throughout Minneapolis
I read that there are about 100 skyways in downtown Minneapolis. Also, the skyway was "invented" in Minneapolis in 1962. Skyway are an AWESOME way for people to get around in the winter. Like the bridge, they span across, not a river, but a freezing cold outside roadway.
4. Performance and Entropy
The Guthrie Theatre
I understand that performance and entropy are usually more drempt up and get trapped in the mind because of the complexity. I wanted to find something that I could use as a physical example, so I chose the Guthrie, which is a building that is obvioulsy built, and is very dreamy, fictional, and fantastic. It is a very modern style and has many features that define visionary architecture.
5. Mass and Form
The Cathedral of St. Paul
The Cathedral of St. Paul is a Beautiful Cathedral abd is an example of bulk. Like most cathedrals, this is a massive heavy building with high cielings and made of stone. It is a perfect example of bulk.
The Weisman Art Museum
The Weisman Art Museum is an AWESOME example of form architecture. It is beautiful and bends and curves in a very graceful way.
6. Materials and Tools
I'm going to use the example of the Wiesman and the Cathedral as the examples of materials and tools. Obviously, the Cathedral is a very old building and is made from stone that probably took a very long time to move into place. On the other hand, the Weisman is a very modern building made from cement and has a shiny aluminum/metalic siding and probably didn't take too long to build.