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Independent Writing task – Advertising

Here is a new topic based on our discussion in class this evening:

#145 Some people say that advertising encourages us to buy things that we really do not need. Others say that advertisements tell us about new products that may improve our lives. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Write no more than 300 words and give yourself 30 minutes to complete it. Post your answer in the Comments box.

Victorian design or Feng shui

Discuss options for redesigning a college visitor center. Which model should be followed: Victorian design or the philosophy of feng shui?

Notes from the Reading passage

Victorian Design:
Filled spaces – bareness is a sign of poor taste; fill spaces with as many objects as possible; (Peninsula hotel) ornate wood furniture; tabletops, walls adorned with decorative objects, art; size, number of elements give it impressive, elegant atmosphere

Use of rich fabrics: cloth is a primary material in Victorian rooms; thick, rich, drapery compensates for lack of light; fabric on furniture; plush carpets, rugs; (Peninsula Hotel) thick draperies on windows

Decoration of walls: (Peninsula Hotel) molding, wallpaper, paint; moldings add texture, depth to already complicated interiors; results – rooms that overflow with decorative, elegant elements

The two main concepts of Feng shui: Balance and Energy Flow

Make notes on the lecture about how Feng shui has influenced Frank Lloyd Wright