An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism: 1400 to Present
General Catalog Course Title:
An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Spring 2015
Fall 2014
Spring 2014
Fall 2013
Spring 2013
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
Fall 2011
Spring 2011
Spring 2010
Course Thread: 
Human-Centered Design
Course Thread: 
The Historical & Modern City
Castillo, Greg
Crawford, Margaret

This course explores the history of architecture and urbanism from the Renaissance to the present. Although the focus is on high-style architecture in Europe and the United States, attention will also be given to Asia, Latin America, and to vernacular architecture. Our aim is to expose you to the architectural heritage of recent centuries in its social and historical context. The course is a continuation of Architecture 170A. During the semester, we will look at the many themes, including the growing interest in the architectural past to guide new design and the expression of religious, political, and economic power through architecture and the landscape. We will also consider how architects have continually searched for rational methods to guide their architectural practice. Later in the course will come to see how our architectural heritage has been shaped by the rise of new modes of transportation and communication and the development of innovative structural technologies. We will address the development of new building types, including the art museum, skyscraper, and department store. We will also examine the role of patrons and users in shaping building design and the rise and development of the architectural profession. Finally, we will consider the nature of architectural history itself and how we come to study certain buildings as well as ask questions about the way we tell the history of our built environment. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and compare a range of internationally recognized buildings, landscapes, and city forms. They will understand the influences that contributed to the creation of the modern built environment and will have developed a vocabulary for discussing buildings and cities.

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