Location & Time
600 Avery
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Session & Points
Full Semester
3 Points
Requirements
Required for M.Arch 1st Year
Call Number
26146
This two-semester introductory course is organized around selected questions and problems that have, over the course of the past two centuries, helped to define architecture’s modernity. The course treats the history of architectural modernity as a contested, geographically and culturally uncertain category, for which periodization is both necessary and contingent. It begins with the apotheosis of the European Enlightenment and the early phases of the industrial revolution in the late 18th century. From there, it proceeds in a rough chronology through the “long” 19th century. Developments in Europe and North America are situated in relation to worldwide processes including trade, imperialism, nationalism, and industrialization. Sequentially, the course considers specific questions and problems that form around differences that are also connections, antitheses that are also interdependencies, and conflicts that are also alliances. The resulting tensions animated architectural discourse and practice throughout the period, and continue to shape our present. Each week, objects, ideas, and events move in and out of the European, North American, and colonial non-West frame, with a strong emphasis on relational thinking and contextualization. This includes a historical, relational understanding of architecture itself. Although the Western tradition had recognized diverse building practices as “architecture” for some time, an understanding of architecture as an academic discipline and as a profession, which still prevails today, was only institutionalized in the European 19th century. Thus, what we now call architecture was born not long ago, as a discourse and a practice conceived in relation to others variously described as ancient, vernacular, native, or pre-modern. The course also treats categories like modernity, modernization, and modernism in a relational manner. Rather than presuppose the equation of modernity with rationality, for example, the course asks: How did such an equation arise? Where? Under what conditions? In response to what? Why? To what end? Similar questions pertain to the idea of a “national” architecture, or even a “modern” one. To explore these and other questions, the course stresses contact with primary sources. In addition to weekly readings, the syllabus lists key buildings, projects, and documents, along with at least one primary text, through which such questions may be posed. Many of these buildings, projects, and texts have long been incorporated into well-developed historical narratives, mostly centered on Europe. Others have not. The aim, however, is not to replace those narratives with a more inclusive, “global” one. It is to explore questions that arise, at certain times and in certain places, when architecture is said to possess a history.
Other Semesters & Sections
Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4348‑1 Fall 2019
Questions in Architectural History I
Christopher Cowell
WARE LOUNGE
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41387
A4348‑2 Fall 2019
Questions in Architectural History I
Reinhold Martin
300 BUELL SOUTH
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41388
A4348‑3 Fall 2019
Questions in Architectural History I
Mabel O. Wilson
115 AVERY HALL
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
41389
A4348‑2 Fall 2018
Questions in Architectural History I
Reinhold Martin Syllabus Required for M.Arch 1st Year
300 Buell South
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
26796
A4348‑3 Fall 2018
Questions in Architectural History I
Christopher Cowell Syllabus Required for M.Arch 1st Year
115 Avery
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
27296
A4348‑1 Fall 2017
Questions In Architectural History I
Arindam Dutta Syllabus History, Required for M.Arch 1st year
600 Avery
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
60941
A4348‑2 Fall 2017
Questions In Architectural History I
Reinhold Martin Syllabus History, Required for M.Arch 1st year
300 Buell South
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
61246
A4348‑3 Fall 2017
Questions In Architectural History I
Mabel O. Wilson Syllabus History, Required for M.Arch 1st year
115 Avery
W 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
67696
A4348‑3 Fall 2016
QUESTIONS IN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY I
Mabel O. Wilson Syllabus Required M. Arch I
600 WARE LOUNGE
TH 11 AM - 1:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13030
A4348‑1 Fall 2016
QUESTIONS IN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY I
Zeynep Celik Alexander Syllabus Required M. Arch I
200 BUELL NORTH
TH 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
26532
A4348‑2 Fall 2016
QUESTIONS IN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY I
Reinhold Martin Syllabus Required M. Arch I
300 BUELL S
TH 11 AM - 1:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
78280
A4348‑1 Fall 2015
ARCHITECTURE HISTORY I
113 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13598
A4348‑1 Fall 2014
ARCHITECTURE HISTORY I
Mary McLeod
113 AVERY
R 11:00A-01:30PAVH AVERY HALL 113
001
3 Points
65941
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