Spring 2022

History and Theory of Architecture

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-131  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-131  |  European Studies, as EUST-131

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Karen R. Koehler (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 131, ARCH 131 and EUST 131.) Throughout history, buildings have directed human activity, shaping social interactions, symbolizing political power, and influencing multiple kinds of artistic expression. This course is a selected introduction to the history and theory of architecture, from the earliest forms of human habitation to medieval and Renaissance buildings, Enlightenment utopian visions, modern industrial structures and skyscrapers, and contemporary sustainable practices.  Interwoven with a sampling of theoretical texts and architectural treatises, the course covers selected moments in the history and theory of Western architecture, from Vitruvius to Alberti and Corbusier to Koolhaas, from primordial shelters to computer generated designs.

Spring semester. Visiting Professor Koehler.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2022