We just got results from main peer-reviewed assignment in Coursera class “Roman Architecture”. The assignment asked us to “build a Roman city”, situating it in time and locale, dedicating to a deity, provide urban plan and example of one building of choice, illustrate as best as we can and accompany it with descriptive text, making the whole a presentation to a prospective patron. Max possible is 35.
I spent all of 4 hrs on it (instead of allotted 3 weeks…) – and the score is in. Look here:
peer 1 → I thought I did a good job…until I came across yours. Just WOW, you definitely put a lot of thought and effort into this assignment. Congratulations, it’s great!
peer 2 → Author’s work is excellent in terms of the city plan and the featured building. His/ her work towards the featred building is extraordinar depiting the mosac work and painting in the tablinum.
peer 3 → the plan of the feature villa is excellent. the city plan looks good, not much details, Roman city could have more interesting building shape at that point.
peer 4 → The back storey was well thought. As far as I understood the assignment asked us to design newly founded Roman city, not expand an existing. Didn’t mark you down for that, but just thought I would bring it to your attention. It would have been nice if you had put more into convincing the emperor why he should spend money on his new city instead of another (trade port, military, etc). You didn’t say much about the construction techniques that you would use. Drawings and design of everything was great. Nice mosaic and wall painting examples.
peer 5 → An interesting choice. Colony cities were a common roman trait, and that end of the empire gets very little attention from teachers and historians. The house would be truly impressive. You should build it in Minecraft.
peer 6 → Great town plan and excellent design for your featured building – thought it was very well executed. Your description of the town gives a general idea of the time period involved but you do not give an exact date. Also not quite sure about “the advantage of the location” in terms of anything other than military – needed a bit more explanation.
Considering Peer6 didn’t pay attention to my passages re: port, trade, warehouses, a villa for courtesan, for godsakes; and Peer4 didn’t notice my mentions of rusticated blocks, concrete faced with local stone, etc – and that not one of 6 reviewers noted the name of Navis Caperna (my own “Latin” supposed to mean “Ships taken in Battle”) – I didn’t do half bad!