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4.696 A Global History of Architecture Writing Seminar (Spring 2008, MIT OCW). Instructor: Professor Mark Jarzombek.

This course will study the question of Global Architecture from the point of view of producing a set of lectures on that subject. The course will be run in the form of a writing seminar, except that students will be asked to prepare for the final class an hour-long lecture for an undergraduate survey course. During the semester, students will study the debates about where to locate "the global" and do some comparative analysis of various textbooks. The topic of the final lecture will be worked on during the semester. For that lecture, students will be asked to identify the themes of the survey course, and hand in the bibliography and reading list for their lecture. (from ocw.mit.edu)

Course Curriculum

  • 1. The temple in the cave: rock-cut architecture, student presentation Unlimited
  • 2. A global history of pilgrimage: an introduction, student presentation Unlimited
  • 3. Before the scramble for Africa: tracing African architecture through trade Unlimited
  • 4. 20th century African urbanism: three vignettes, student presentation Unlimited
  • 5. Decorative brickwork: a global history, student presentation Unlimited
  • 6. Global port cities, student presentation Unlimited

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