History of Architecture 4 (ARCH 355)

Lectures: Thursday: 10:30-12:30 am
Room 212, Macdonald-Harrington Building

Discussions: Tuesday: 10:30 am-11:30 am / 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Room 212, Macdonald-Harrington Building
Discussion sessions will focus on required readings.

Course Objectives

This fourth course in our Architectural History sequence explores new forms that emerged after World War II in urban North America. Lectures, discussion sessions, and the assignment are based on the assumption that buildings are a form of material culture, and as such are manifestations of social and cultural history. Each lecture focuses on a specific project, typology, or place, spinning out to broader societal ideas, including vernacular and everyday architectures. The readings offer new approaches to the subject, carefully chosen to nourish skills in critical reading and to encourage students to question the traditional canon of Architectural History. Which buildings matter and why? How do historians balance architectural evidence and how do architects engage historical evidence?