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Architecture (ARCH)

ARCH 210 (GA) Introduction to Architecture and Planning Theories (3) The course introduces architectural and urban theory by presenting and exploring key concepts through major texts from the Western tradition.

ARCH 210 Introduction to Architecture and Planning Theories (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The course introduces architectural and urban theory by presenting and exploring key concepts through major texts from the Western tradition. ARCH 210 covers a period ranging from ancient Greece and Rome to the present, with greatest emphasis on writings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Recurring themes will include the ways in which architectural theory has defined the architect and the relationships between architectural and urban ideas, aesthetics, and the cultural contexts in which these ideas develop. Major topics will include ancient architectural theory, the role of the "architect" throughout history, architecture aesthetic principles, Judeo-Christian architectural theory, Renaissance classicism, the Baroque city, Neoclassicism and typology, the Beaux-Arts, tectonics and Gothic rationalism, organicism and functionalism, Le Corbusier's new architecture, the International Style, semiotics, and the neo-avant-garde.

Learning Objectives:
Students will acquire a basic familiarity with important ideas, authors, and texts that have shaped Western traditions in architecture and urbanism. These will introduce some of the ways in which theoretical writings have framed architecture's complex and changing relationship to human needs. Students are taught to approach these materials critically and will be required to conduct individual research on and analysis of one major theoretical work.

*Through the course students learn to utilize critical theories of the built environment. Students are taught to transform their personal observations into an analytical tool for criticizing and interpreting buildings.
* Students understand the key developments in architecture and urban theory and criticism from early Classicism to Post-Modernism.
* Students are introduced to architecture as a manifestation of ideology and cultural values.
* The students are introduced to ideas and encouraged to use key terms to discuss architecture and urbanism.
* Students are encouraged to recognize the importance of architecture and architecture writing as a tool for aesthetic interpretation.
* Theoretical concepts in architecture frequently are compared to similar ideas in other art disciplines, including design and the visual arts.

General Education: GA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Spring 2009

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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