ARC 234– Arch Hist 2:1450-Present
Course No.: 15940
Semester: 2015 Spring
Location: Diefendorf – 146
Meeting Day(s): Monday & Friday
Meeting Time: 10:00AM - 11:20AM
This course provides an introduction to architectural modernity since the Renaissance, ie since the consolidation of power in Roman Catholicism and the European nation state gave rise to innovations, even revolutions, in the theory and practice of design. It also investigates the migration of styles from West to East and East to West, as a part of the project of the Enlightenment and Colonialism. Though the emphasis will be on built and community form in the West, other major world cultures will inflect and elaborate on that narrative. By means of the intellectual and social context in which architecture is produced, we will study the dynamics of continuity and exchange on local, national and international levels that nurture the visual and cultural expressions of particular times and places. We will also explore the evolution of the modern metropolis as an architectural context and the ideological, cultural, and technological components of urban development. Research tools and the politics of interpretation will be emphasized throughout the semester as we examine how architectural narratives are created, sustained and challenged.
The course has two classroom formats: 1) a bi-weekly lecture accompanied by visual material and 2) a discussion session held once weekly. In order to benefit from both, complete the assigned reading prior to the corresponding meeting. Large lectures are by definition a passive learning experience; active participation is expected in the smaller recitation groups. Assignments and exams stress comprehension, insight and articulation over rote memorization.