The Language of Boundaries in Architecture and the Landscape (3) This course examines the development and significance of boundaries in the construction of human space and time. Students who have taken other courses from Architecture Visual Arts, Geography, or Philosophy that treat some aspect of spatial perception, conception, construction, or visualiation, or who have completed equivalent study independently, may enroll with the permission of the program.
ARCH 417 The Language of Boundaries in Architecture and the Landscape (3)
This course is composed of eight chronologically arranged units of study that examine the major developments in the human use of boundaries in the creation of architecture and landscapes — those actually constructed as well as those created through literature, myth, art, and film.
Human boundary behavior is complex. While we tend to describe space and time as ‘transitive' (rational), our actual experience of them is intransitive. Because descriptive systems tend to disregard the role of time, they favor a constructed descriptive objectivity over subjective accuracy. Conflicts between representations and experiences reflect psychological and cultural conflicts expressed as symptoms and dysfunctions.
Both the lectures and supplemental films are directed at helping students understand, reflect upon, and critically think about the trans-cultural and ubiquitous quality of boundary behavior.
The thrust of the course is historical and critical rather than professional, and the intent of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the issues that surround the human use of boundaries. Because boundary issues are the result of humans' mental apprehension of the world, psychology, philosophy, critical studies, literature, and other humanities are intrinsically involved. But, because boundaries are a part of a way of conceiving the world mathematically, ideas from topology, number theory, and circuit logic are also key.
Each unit of study will be accompanied by exemplary films that illustrate some aspect of boundary behavior. The course includes approximately 12 important films for required study.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.