Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Provides an outline of the history of architecture and urbanism from ancient times to the early modern period. Analyzes buildings as the products of culture and in relation to the special problems of architectural design. Stresses the geopolitical context of buildings and in the process familiarizes students with buildings, sites and cities from around the world.
This seminar focuses on the writing on the city at an especially critical historical juncture: when the dominant polity in most regions of the Islamic world depended primarily on legitimization through power (sultan). The class primarily revolves around a close reading of the Muqaddima (Introduction or Prolegomena) of ‘Abd al-Rahman Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), in which he develo
General study of modern architecture as a response to important technological, cultural, environmental, aesthetic, and theoretical challenges after the European Enlightenment.
Critical examination of major developments in European, Asian, and American art from 1940 to the present. Surveys the mainstream of art production but also examines work from the margins that changes the canon (feminism, identity politics, AIDS activism, bio art) and retools the terms of art’s engagements with civic culture.
Required of doctoral students in HTC as a prerequisite for work on the doctoral dissertation. The qualifying paper is a scholarly article fit to be published in a peer-reviewed journal that is the result of research in the history, theory and criticism of architecture and art. Topic may not be in the area of the proposed thesis.
Required of doctoral students in HTC as a prerequisite for work on the doctoral dissertation. The Major Exam covers a historically broad area of interest and includes components of history, historiography, and theory. Preparation for the exam will focus on four or five themes agreed upon in advance by the student and the examiner, and are defined by their area of teaching interest.
Required of doctoral students in HTC as a prerequisite for work on the doctoral dissertation. The Minor Exam focuses on a specific area of specialization through which the student might develop their particular zone of expertise. Work is done in consultation with HTC faculty, in accordance with the HTC PhD Degree Program Guidelines.
“Automata, Automatism, Systems, Cybernetics” will explore the history of the human-machine interface in terms of feedback, exploring the cultural rather than engineering uptake of this idea.