Teaching Students About Arcade Architecture
Arcade architecture refers to a style of architecture characterized by continuous arcade arches used to create a covered walkway or a passageway with arches. Arcades were popularly used in ancient Roman architecture and have continued to be used in modern architecture. Although arcade architecture is not widely discussed in modern times, it presents an excellent opportunity for students to learn about architecture and design.
Teaching students about arcade architecture can be exciting, especially because it involves introducing them to historical aspects of architecture. Students will learn how the arcade was used in different cultures and how it has been incorporated in contemporary buildings.
One way to teach students about arcade architecture is by encouraging them to do research and present their findings in class. Students can be grouped into small teams and asked to research and present information on the use of arcade architecture in different cultures and time periods such as ancient Roman, Byzantine, or Gothic architecture.
Another approach is to focus on contemporary arcade architecture. Students can be asked to identify arcade architecture in their neighborhood or city and conduct a study on the historical and cultural background of these structures. During this study, they can take photographs and create sketches of the arcades and their surroundings.
Students can also be asked to explore how arcade architecture has been used in modern art and design. Students can study the work of contemporary artists, architects, and designers who incorporate arcades into their work. They can also be asked to create their designs incorporating arcade architecture, either on paper or using digital tools.