Subjects

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 3-0-6 G
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (5-134)
prerequisites
G: permission of instructor
description

Examines modern architecture, art, and design in the context of the political, economic, aesthetic, and cultural changes that occurred in the twentieth century. Presents foundational debates about social and technological aspects of modern architecture and the continuation of those debates into contemporary architecture.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
M 2-5 (3-133)
prerequisites
4.645 or permission of instructor
description

Studies the interrelationship of theory, history, and practice. Looks at theory not as specialized discourse relating only to architecture, but as touching on many issues, whether they be cultural, aesthetic, philosophical, or professional. Topics and examples are chosen from a wide range of materials, from classical antiquity to today.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 11-12:30 (3-133)
prerequisites
description

A review of the history of Islamic architecture, this course spans fifteen centuries and three continents: Asia, Africa, and Europe.  It depicts architecture as an embodiment of the historical conditions within which Islam was formed and acquired meaning, and to which it in turn gave form and context.  Building techniques, material, styles, decoration, religion, society, polity, culture, patron

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
W 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

For empires as for literatures, perhaps it will not be too long before the Orient is called upon to play a role in the Occident.

-Victor Hugo, Les Orientales, 1829

instructors
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
F 9-12 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

A survey of systems theories since the seventeenth or eighteenth century. As a rule, system theories privilege exchanges, relations, and equilibriums between control and freedom. This “regulatory” impetus makes them particularly useful for the institutional, disciplinary, state and market building processes that go into the make-up of modern power.

instructors
units
3-0-9 U / 4-0-5 G / 4-0-8 G
schedule
F 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
description

Investigation of visual culture in the nineteenth century with an emphasis on Western Europe, the United States, and Japan. Topics include art and industry, artists and urban experience, empire and its image, and artistic responses to new technologies from the telegraph to the steam engine to the great refractor telescope.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
M 10-1 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Studies theoretical and historiographical works pertaining to the fields of art and architectural history. Members of seminar pursue work designed to examine their own presuppositions and methods.

instructors
units
3-0-9 G
schedule
T 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Art and Science are pursuits that look at each other across a divide in how knowledge is produced, that was itself created in the crucible of modernity.

instructors
units
3-0-6 G
schedule
W 9-12 (5-216)
prerequisites
description

During the past few decades, scholars have addressed pressing issues of environmental, global crises and catastrophes by creating and drawing on frameworks that question the relationship between nature and culture. Modes in which human and material forces unite and collide have been theorized.

instructors
Huma Gupta
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
R 2-5 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Seminar examining the relationship between political ecology, ecological crises, and the process of (de)colonizing rural, urban, and extraterrestrial spaces. Students will critically analyze contemporary proposals for decolonial ecologies, ranging from ecology thinking in architectural design to indigenous climate plans.

instructors
Huma Gupta
units
3-0-6 G / 3-0-9 G
schedule
TR 9:30-11 (5-216)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Examines the contemporary challenges and history of city planning in the Global South on three continents - Africa, Asia, and South America. Students study a number of city plans, from the ‘informal’ settlements of Delhi and Nairobi, the modernist master plans of Brasilia and Baghdad, to climate action plans in various cities.