00575 | ARC 318K
Survey I: World Architecture: Origins to 1750
Prerequisites: Open to all students. Architecture students must have previously taken ARC 308.
Description: This course is the first in a two-part series that explores the history of architecture around the world. Beginning with the earliest evidence of human habitation and extending to the middle of the eighteenth century, we will examine the evolution of architecture and town building in places ranging from the ancient Near East and Classical Greece, to East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Africa, Central and South America, and Europe. The approach is interdisciplinary, combining aspects of architecture and history, as well as geography, cultural studies, and anthropology. The course consists of two lectures per week and a separate discussion session.
Educational Objectives: The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the historical development of architecture from a global perspective; to introduce them to the basic vocabulary of architecture; and to acquaint them with the nature of architectural history and its potential for providing meaningful lessons for our time.
Course Requirements: Grades will be based on two mid-term examinations (each worth 20% of the final grade), two short papers (20%), in-class quizzes (10%), and a final examination (30%).
Spiro Kostof, A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals. 2nd. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Vitruvius. The Ten Books of Architecture. Trans. Morris Hicky Morgan. New York: Dover, 1960.
Plus a packet of selected articles available at the University Coop.