ARCH 221 History and Theories II

As a sequel to History and Theories of Architecture and Urbanism I, this survey course addresses the early modern period from the fifteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. By providing a wealth of visual material both from the Western and non-Western worlds, it deals with architectural and urban forms in their historical context. Students are introduced to historical architectural texts from Vitruvius’ treatise to Renaissance theorists’ works as well as texts on non-Western architectures. In addition to providing students with a chronological sense of buildings, projects and architects, special emphasis is placed on such contemporary historiographical themes as modernity, nationalism, identity, Orientalism, colonialism, and gender in relation to their impact on the conceptualization of the built environment. Students’ critical thinking skills are mobilized by comparative analyses of various architectural discourses.


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