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November 19, 2022

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Description

This course is a global-oriented survey of the history of architecture, from the prehistoric to the sixteenth century.

It treats buildings and environments, including cities, in the context of the cultural and civilizational history. It offers an introduction to design principles and analysis. Being global, it aims to give the student perspective on the larger pushes and pulls that influence architecture and its meanings, whether these be economic, political, religious or climatic

Course Curriculum

  • First societies Unlimited
  • The Gravettians and the hunting tradition of the north Unlimited
  • The Holocene and the agro-pastoral emergence Unlimited
  • Grains, animals and the village world Unlimited
  • Cities, gods and empires Unlimited
  • Pits and granaries: the sacred section Unlimited
  • 1500 BCE: After the Cataclysm: Knossos and Karnak Unlimited
  • 800 BCE: Iron and the New World Order: Greeks, Etruscans, Assyrians Unlimited
  • 500 BCE: Persia and Central Asia Unlimited
  • Fire, water and chariots Unlimited
  • Buddhism: Out of India Unlimited
  • Chang’an Unlimited
  • Rome Unlimited
  • Rome (cont.) Unlimited
  • The Americas Unlimited
  • Early Christian transitions Unlimited
  • Early Islam: 800 CE Unlimited
  • From Armenia to Borobudur Unlimited
  • Early Hindu architecture Unlimited
  • Southeast Asia and Angkor Wat Unlimited
  • Gothic architecture: Cistercians & cathedrals Unlimited
  • Late medieval Europe: Renaissance in perspective Unlimited
  • History and time; UNESCO & cultural nationalism Unlimited

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