Harc 730: Methods and Theories in Architectural Design Will be 300 level and perhaps retitled, “Methods, Theories and Issues in Architectural Design”?



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HARC 730: Methods and Theories in Architectural Design

Will be 300 level---and perhaps retitled, “Methods, Theories and Issues in Architectural Design”?

Monday and Wednesday, 8:40-9:55


To add???:

Something on sexuality and design? Foucault, Ledoux and Chaux?

Jagose, History of Sexuality (for Queer Theory)

Jonathan Katz, “Homosexual and Heterosexual” (Queer Theory)

On Maps/Legibility (for the way history is constructed?): David Turnbull, “The Function of Maps” in Beyond Borders

Have students reflect on the methods they employ themselves…

Tim Wise, “White Male Privilege”

Use John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing” at the very beginning of the course (as in the past)

More???

START THE CLASS WITH A READING OF ALTHUSSER AND IDEOLOGY---ETC. WHAT WE THINK IS NORMATIVE IS SOCIETALLY CONSTRUCTED…A GOOD WAY OF GETTING INTO THINGS BEFORE REALLY DIGGING IN----
And change all we’s to I’s

Instructors:

Erin Eckhold Sassin, PhD

email: esassin@middlebury.edu

office hours: Monday 10-12,

Tuesday 11:30-12:30, and by appointment



office location: MCFA 211
Course Description, Goals and Objectives:
In this seminar on methods and theories in architectural design we will explore how objects, buildings, and spaces shape and are shaped by social relationships and cultural values, and in particular, the importance of viewpoint and subjectivity in analyzing and designing the built environment. Essentially, theory is a way to probe the relationship of architecture to power, identity, history, craft, and place. With an eye to the development of your thesis project we will develop a kind of “toolbox” of questions, problems, concepts and approaches central to architectural practice, offering you angles of intervention you may not have been aware of.
Thus, by the conclusion of this course you will have a solid grasp of a number of theoretical stances that will aid you in developing your thesis project. You will be able to read, describe and analyze theoretical and scholarly secondary and primary texts, as well as employ theory to interrogate buildings and urban spaces, with confidence. This will greatly aid you as you begin to conduct precedent research, site analysis, program analysis, and preliminary thesis writing, the results of which you will present in a clear and convincing manner via written, oral, and graphic formats at the end of the semester.
A caveat of sorts:

As we will address a large, complex and constantly changing body of material, we make no promise that we will “cover” architectural theory with any pretense of comprehensiveness. Instead, this course provides an introduction to some of the many threads of inquiry into the nature and practice of architecture.


Course Format:
This class will require the reading of both primary and secondary source materials and the focus will be on in-class discussion. It will also provide you with background in several related academic disciplines, namely: Western Civilization, History, Gender and Feminist Studies, and Philosophy, as well as Architectural History, Art History and Urban Studies. Written assignments and class discussion will help you refine your analytical, interpretative and argumentative skills, all of which are applicable to other courses and fields of study at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Course Materials:
The required textbooks for this class are Mallgrave’s Architectural Theory: Volume I and Mallgrave and Contandriopoulos’ Architectural Theory: Volume II, which are available at the campus bookstore. The readings taken from these textbooks are primary sources and will be labeled with a (T1) or (TII) in the syllabus below. (Just to be clear, TI refers to volume I, and TII, to volume II of the textbook series.)

The Moodle class website will contain all other required readings (largely secondary sources), which will be posted at least one week in advance of the class meeting date by which they were to have been read), as well as a copy of the syllabus, paper guidelines, rubrics, and any class announcements, so please login on a regular basis. This use of Moodle is intended to help keep costs down, as you will only have to print the readings out, rather than purchase a number of books.



Please note that any reading with an asterisk (*) in front of it is optional (not required for class!), and therefore should not be the focus of a response paper or of class discussion (i.e. you cannot assume your classmates have read optional readings).
You will find that you will need to bring your readings to class, as we will be consulting them in depth.

Course Requirements and Assessments:
Your grade will be determined by a range of criteria, all of which are designed to help you achieve the stated objectives of the course outlined above. Detailed grading rubrics, as well as guidelines, will be provided on the course website.
The breakdown of your final grade will be determined as follows:

Attendance and Participation in Discussions- 60%

(Note: this includes weekly one to two-page response papers, “expert” facilitation of a class, and a precedent presentation)



Final Project and Presentation- 40%

(Note: this project includes a written thesis statement/question/proposal, graphic site analysis and program analysis, three-dimensional massing studies, and brief oral remarks)


***Note that you MUST complete all written assignments

to receive a passing grade for this class.

Attendance and Participation (60%):
As this is a discussion-based class, your attendance and full participation are necessary for the course to be a success. Therefore, regular attendance is mandatory and unexcused absences will result in a lowering of your grade. More than one absence may impede your learning and hurt your grade, and it will be difficult to pass this class with more than three absences. If you are ill and unable to attend class, please email the Professors Sassin and McLeod promptly (if not beforehand). We will also need you to bring a note from Health Services or a doctor to class.

If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to speak with a fellow classmate to find out what you missed.


Please be sure to arrive to class on time and prepared to participate. This means that you should read the course materials closely and carefully and that you must contribute to the quality of class discussion with pertinent questions and comments (quality and quantity count, though the former is more important than the latter). If you have trouble speaking in front of others, please come and talk to us.
***This grade also includes the completion of once weekly one to two page response papers (focused on ONE of the required readings---not the optional readings (though you may bring in the other readings to bear on the one you choose to focus on)).

These papers must be posted to the Moodle website (under the threaded discussion board for that week) no later than 6:00 p.m. the afternoon before class meets, to allow your colleagues ample time to read them (So, on Sunday afternoons by 6:00 p.m.).

Additionally, bring your response papers to every class, where they will be collected at the end of class by Professors Sassin and McLeod.

Note that guidelines for preparing for and writing a good response paper will be posted on the course website.
***In addition, one to two students (depending upon enrollment) will be assigned the role of “resident expert” for each Monday class meeting (this should occur once per student). These students will take the responsibility of carefully reading everyone’s submitted response papers and help to run discussion. During class, these students will be responsible for helping to guide discussion, and will be expected to be very familiar with his/her classmates’ response papers and the weekly readings.

If you are one of the “resident experts”, you should come to class prepared to discuss and analyze specific passages----you need to be able to pose specific questions to the class designed to spark productive discussion.

We also advise that you meet with your “co-expert” beforehand (…as soon as we determine who will be expert on what date, this will be posted on moodle for you to consult).

More detailed guidelines on fulfilling this role will be posted on the course website.
***Finally, every student will be required to present one architectural precedent/case study on one of the Wednesdays from Sept. 19 (week 2) to Oct. 24 (week 7). Note that there are six potential dates, which will allow three students to present per class, and that this responsibility will never be scheduled the same day you serve as “reading expert”, as these responsibilities fall on Mondays and Wednesdays respectively.

Guidelines for this assignment, as well as a list of precedents to choose from, will be posted on the course website.
If you are nervous about either of these responsibilities, please feel free to come speak with Professor Sassin or Professor McLeod before your “turn”---we are certainly willing to set aside time, if need be (but please formalize this via an email).


Project Specific Work and Presentation (40%):
Throughout the term we will examine numerous architectural theories and methods, conduct precedent research, and in mid-November analyze the site(s) and program(s) for your thesis project. All of this work will culminate in your final project for the class (due December 3rd or 5th), which will include a written thesis statement/question/proposal, graphic site analysis, graphic program analysis, three-dimensional massing studies and brief oral remarks, which will count for 35% of your overall grade. Detailed guidelines on this assignment will be posted on the course website and covered in class at the beginning of October (when final presentation dates will also be chosen).
***A draft of your preliminary program and thesis statement/question/proposal is due October 29, which will count for 5% of the overall class grade.

*Note also that a portion of both class meetings during week 12 will be devoted to the peer-review of your (more fully developed) final project for the semester.

Miscellaneous “Business”:

A Note on Turning in Assignments on Time:

The completion of assignments in a timely manner is essential to your success in this course. Late work will generally not be accepted, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Priority will always be given to grading and returning work that is turned in on time (and these papers will receive comments from us, whereas late work will be graded at our convenience and will receive few comments).


Laptop Policy:

The use of electronic devices (laptops, PDAs, cell phones, etc.) is prohibited in our classroom. If you believe that you need to use an electronic device for note taking or translation, please speak with us to arrange for accommodation. You are expected to take handwritten notes in class.


Academic Integrity and the Honor System:

Because of the importance of respecting each other’s ideas and the ideas of others, it is essential that you abide by the Undergraduate Honor System in all matters pertaining to this class in an all of your academic work.


In particular, please be careful to avoid plagiarism. This does not only mean that one needs to cite a direct quotation, but also that you must give credit in the form of a citation to:

-another person’s idea, opinion or theory

-any fact, statistics, graphs, or drawings that are not common knowledge

-the paraphrasing of another person’s spoken or written words


From the Office of the Dean of Students in regards to the Honor System:

“The students of Middlebury College believe that individual undergraduates must assume responsibility for their own integrity on all assigned academic work. This constitution has been written and implemented by students in a community of individuals that values academic integrity as a way of life. The Middlebury student body, then, declares its commitment to an honor system that fosters moral growth and to a code that will not tolerate academic dishonesty in the College community”.

For more information, please see:

http://www.middlebury.edu/middlebury_google_custom_search/go/honor%20code]
Disability Statement:

If you have a physical or mental disability, either hidden or visible, which may require classroom, test-taking, or other reasonable modifications, please see us as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, please be sure to contact your Commons Dean.


The Writing Center:

We strongly encourage you to visit the Writing Center (situated in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research) at least once during the semester, particularly in regards to your weekly response papers and final project. For further information, visit the Center’s homepage at: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/writing//writingcenter


Tips on Succeeding in this Course:

  1. Do the assigned reading before coming to class (and post your reading responses to moodle in a timely manner).

  2. Spend a few minutes after every class going over your notes.

  3. Ask questions when things are unclear (your classmates will thank you!).

  4. Form small study/reading groups with your classmates. Go over the readings together, read each other’s papers, help one another develop good thesis statements, etc., etc. Your colleagues are perhaps your most valuable resources (This has certainly held true for both of us---as undergraduates, in graduate school, and even as professors/practitioners).

  5. Please take advantage of campus resources, such as the Writing Center (see above).

  6. Come talk to your professors in office hours, after class, or just drop by our offices.



COURSE SCHEDULE:

Please note that this schedule is preliminary and subject to revision.

WEEK ONE: September 10-12_______________________________________________

COURSE INTRODUCTION AND KEY CONCEPTS

MONDAY: Introduction of the Thesis Project. Why theory? Why a library?

---Determination of your date to serve as class “expert” on the readings (and note that we will sometimes have two “reading experts” per class), and your ONE date to bring a precedent/case study in to class (six potential dates, with three presenters per class).

Please note that a list (with your respective dates) will be posted on moodle, so that you can coordinate with your “co-expert”.

READINGS:

Terry Eagleton, “The Significance of Theory” in The Significance of Theory (New York, Wiley-Blackwell, 1991).
WEDNESDAY: The Rise of Architectural History and the Formation of the Canon READINGS:

Jeffrey Nealon and Susan Searls Giroux, “History” in The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: 95-100.

(TI) Georgio Vasari, from “Life of Michelangelo”: 53-55.

Gwendolyn Wright, “History for Architects” in Gwendolyn Wright and Janet Parks, The History of History at American Schools of Architecture, 1865-1975 (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1990): 3-52.
OPTIONAL:

*(remember, * means optional) Derek Linstrum, “The Uses of Architectural History Today” in Ben Farmer and Hentie Low, eds., Companion to Contemporary Architectural Thought (London: Routledge, 1993): 227-230.
No “experts” yet…but remember that your first response paper is due to moodle by Sunday afternoon at 6:00 p.m.

WEEK TWO: September 17-19______________________________________________

INTERROGATING PRIMARY SOURCES
MONDAY: Writing on Architecture: Architectural Treatises

READINGS:

(TI) Vitruvius, from “On Architecture” (Book 1): 5-9.

(TI) Leon Battista Alberti, from “On the Art of Building” (Prologue and Book 1): 30-31.

(TI) Christopher Wren, from “Tract I on Architecture”: 91-92.

(TI) Marc-Antoine Laugier, from “Essay on Architecture”: 141-144.
OPTIONAL:

*(TI) Colin Campbell, Introduction to “Vitruvius Brittanicus”: 101-102.

*(TI) Jacques-Francois Blondel, from “Architecture” (in Diderot’s Encyclopedia): 138-140.
“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the required readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.


WEDNESDAY: Writing on Architecture: Architectural Treatises Continued



Begin Study of Precedent Projects (through October 31)

***Note that these precedent projects will be specifically related to the thesis project building type, and that we will investigate/analyze the site and program more deeply in November…

READINGS:

(TII) Theo van Doesburg, et al., from “Manifesto 1”: 181-182.

(TII) Walter Gropius, from “Program of the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar”: 200-202.

(TII) Charles Jencks, from “What is Post-Modernism”: 499-501.


OPTIONAL:

*(TII) Otto Wagner, from “Modern Architecture”: 93-95.

*(TII) Louis Sullivan, from “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered”: 126-127.
Precedent Experts are _________________________________.

WEEK THREE: September 24-26___________________________________________

FORMALISM, ICONOGRAPHY AND STYLE
MONDAY: Formalism and Iconography

READINGS:

Adrian Forty, “Form” and “Formal” in Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture (Thames and Hudson, 2004).

(TII) Heinrich Wölfflin, from “Prolegomena to a Psychology of Architecture”: 74-76.

Summerson, “The Palladian Movement, 1710-1750: Campbell, Burlington and Kent” in J. Summerson, Architecture in Britain 1530-1830, 7th ed. (London: Penguin, 1953): 319-348.


“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.


WEDNESDAY: 19th Century Debates on the Origins and Use of “Style” and Ornament



Continue Study of Precedent Projects

READINGS:

(TI) John Ruskin, from “The Nature of Gothic”: 490-492.

(TII) Friedrich Nietzsche, from “The Use and Abuse of History”: 66-67.

(TII) Adolf Loos, from “Ornament and Crime”: 104-105.


OPTIONAL:

*(TI) Gottfried Semper, from “The Four Elements of Architecture”: 536-539.


Precedent Experts are _________________________________.

WEEK FOUR: October 1-3____________________________________________

SPACE
MONDAY: Space

*Guidelines on Final Class Project Provided

READINGS:

Jeffrey Nealon and Susan Searls Giroux, “Space/Time” in The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: 114-123.

Foucault, Michel. “The Eye of Power” in Power/Knowledge: (1980): 146-165.

(TI) Richard Lucae, from “On the Meaning and Power of Space in Architecture”: 558-560.


OPTIONAL:

*(TII) Bruno Zevi, from “Architecture as Space”: 299-300.


“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: The Sublime (and Picturesque)

Continue Study of Precedent Projects

READINGS:

(TI) Edmund Burke, from “A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful”: 277-283.

(TI) Uvedale Price, from “Essays on the Picturesque”: 307-312.

Robert Smithson, “A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey” in Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, ed. Jack Flam (Berkeley, CT, 1996): 68-74.


OPTIONAL:

*(TI) William Gilpin, from “Observations on the River Wye”: 300-303.


Precedent Experts are _________________________________.

WEEK FIVE: October 8-10_____________________________________________

SEMIOTICS AND MARXISM
MONDAY: Semiotics

READINGS:

Adrian Forty, “Language Metaphors” in Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture (Thames and Hudson, 2004).

(TII) Alan Colquhoun, from “Historicism and the Limits of Semiology”: 427-428.

(TII) Robert Venturi, from “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture”: 384-386.


OPTIONAL:

*Meyer Shapiro, “On Some Problems in the Semiotics of Visual Art: Field and Vehicle in Image-Signs” in Robert E. Innes, ed., Semiotics: an Introductory Anthology (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985): 206-225.


“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Introduction to Marxism and Social History

Continue Study of Precedent Projects

READINGS:

D’Alleva, “Marxist and Materialist Perspectives on Art” in Art History and Critical Theory: 48-59.

Mark Girouard, “The Power House”(Chapter One) in Life in the English Country House: 1-12.

Teige, Karl. “Bourgeois Women” in The Minimum Dwelling (1932): 167 (bottom)-175 (pdf is longer, only read to page 175).
OPTIONAL:

*Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, eds., The Invention of Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 1983): 1-14.

*Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, “On Class,” in Class, ed. Patrick Joyce: 21-30.
Precedent Experts are _________________________________.

WEEK SIX: October 17 (no class on Monday the 15th (Fall Break))__________________

CLASS AND THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE
MONDAY: No Class

WEDNESDAY: Class, Cultural Capital and the Social History of Architecture



Continue Study of Precedent Projects

READINGS:

“The High Within and the Low Without: The Social Production of Aesthetic Space in the National Gallery of Scotland, 1859-70” in Nick Prior, Museums and Modernity: Art Galleries and the Making of Modern Culture (Oxford: Berg, 2002): 171-208.

Dell Upton, “White and Black landscapes in 18th c. Virginia” in St. George, ed., Material Life in America 1600-1860: 357-367.
OPTIONAL:

*Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste (Routledge, 1984): excerpts.

*Bell Hooks, “Black Vernacular: Architecture as Cultural Practice” in Art on my Mind: 145-151.
Precedent Experts are _________________________________.

WEEK SEVEN: October 22-24____________________________________________

GENDER AND FEMINIST THEORY
MONDAY: Feminist Theory and Questioning Architectural Genius

READINGS:

(TI) Antonio di Tuccio Manetti, from “The Life of Brunelleschi”: 28-30.

Linda Nochlin, “Why Have Their Been No Great Women Artists?” in Women, Art and Power, and Other Essays (New York: Harper and Row, 1988): 145-178.

Gwendolyn Wright, “On the Fringe of the Profession” Chapter 10 in The Architect: Chapters in the History of the Profession, ed. Spiro Kostof (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000): 280-308.
OPTIONAL:

*Cheryl Buckley, “Made in Patriarchy: Towards a Feminist Analysis of Women and Design” Design Issues 3 (Fall 1986): 3-14.

*(TI) Jacques-Francois Blondel, from “Course of Architecture”: 197-199.
“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.



WEDNESDAY: Gender and the “Star System”

Finish Study of Precedent Projects

READINGS:

Denise Scott Brown, “Room at the Top? Sexism and the Star System in Architecture” in Architecture: A Place for Women, ed. Ellen Perry Berkeley (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989).

Margaret Crawford, “An Education of Distinction” Harvard Design Magazine 11 (Summer 2000): 85-87.
OPTIONAL:

*Ann Forsyth, “In Praise of Zaha” Journal of Aesthetic Education 60 (November 2006): 63-65.
Precedent Experts are _________________________________.

WEEK EIGHT: October 29-31______________________________________________

THE POLITICS OF “OTHERNESS”
MONDAY: Queer Theory

***Preliminary Program Draft and Thesis Statement/Question/Proposal Due

READINGS:

Sharon Marcus, “Queer Theory for Everyone: A Review Essay” Signs 31 (2005): 191-218.

Annmarie Adams, “Sex and the Single Building: The Weston Havens House, 1941-2001” in Buildings and Landscapes 17 (Spring 2010): 82-97.
“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Orientalism and Colonialism (and Postcolonialism)

Introductory Workshop on InDesign and Photoshop---Visit by Lyn DeGraff

READINGS:

Edward Said, “Orientalism” (excerpts) in Art in Theory: 1005-1009.

Jeffrey Nealon and Susan Searls Giroux, “Postcolonialism” in The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: 140-145.

Steven Nelson, “Writing Architecture: The Mousgoum Tolek and Cultural Self-Fashioning at the New Fin-de-SiecleAfrican Arts (Autumn 2001): 38-49.


OPTIONAL:

*Olu Oguibe, “In the ‘Heart of Darkness’” in Eric Fernie, ed., Art History and Its Methods (London: Phaidon, 1995): 314-322.

*(TII) Hassan Fathy, from “Architecture for the Poor”: 442-444.

* Homi Bhabha, “Introduction” in Location of Culture (London: Routledge, 1994): 1-9.



WEEK NINE: November 5-7________________________________________________

SENSORY PERCEPTION AND PLACE
MONDAY: Architecture as Theatre and Corporeal Experience

Begin Site Analysis…

READINGS:

Michel de Certeau, “Walking in the City” in Practice of Everyday Life, trans. Steven Rendell (Berkeley, CA, 1984): 91-110.

Kenneth Frampton, “Corporeal Experience in the Architecture of Tadao Ando” in George Dodds and Robert Tavernor, eds., Body and Building (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001).
OPTIONAL:

*(TII) Juhani Pallasmaa, from “An Architecture of the Seven Senses”: 565.
“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Place (and Placelessness)

Continue Site Analysis…

READINGS:

Tzonis, Alexander and Liane Lefaivre. “Why Critical Regionalism Today?” in Architecture and Urbanism no. 236 (May 1990): 22-33.

(TII) Camillo Sitte, from “City Planning According to Its Artistic Principles”: 80-81.

(TII) Kenneth Frampton, from “On Reading Heidegger”: 429-431.


OPTIONAL:

*(TII) Duany, Plater-Zyberk and Chellman, “New Town Ordinances and Codes”: 529-531.

*(TII) Katherine Morrow Ford, from “Modern is Regional”: 264-265.

*(TII) Kenneth Frampton, from “Towards a Critical Regionalism”: 519-520.



WEEK TEN: November 12-14_______________________________________________

MEMORY, IDENTITY AND NATURE
MONDAY: Memory, Commemoration and Identity in Architecture (OR Place, Part Two)

Begin Program Analysis…

READINGS:

Young, James E, “Introduction” in The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993): 1-15.

Etkind, Alexander, “Hard and Soft in Cultural Memory: Political Mourning in Russia and Germany” Grey Room 16 (Summer 2004): 37-59.

Young, James, “Sites Unseen: Shimon Attie’s Acts of Remembrance” in At Memory’s Edge (New Haven: Yale University Press): 62-89.


OPTIONAL:

*Philip Sheldrake, “A Sense of Place,” in Spaces for the Sacred: Place, Memory and Identity (Baltimore, 2001): 2-25.


“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: “Green” Architecture and Nature

Continue Program Analysis…

READINGS:

Adrian Forty, “Nature” in Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture (Thames and Hudson, 2004).

Lewis Mumford, “Technics and the Nature of Man” Technology and Culture 7, no. 3 (Summer 1966): 303-317.

(TII) William McDonough, “The Hannover Principles”: 584-585.


OPTIONAL:

*(TII) James Wines, from “Green Dreams”: 583-584.

*(TII) McDonough and Braungart, from “Cradle to Cradle”: 597-598.

*(TII) Braungart, from “Beyond the Limits of Sustainable Architecture”: 599-600.



WEEK ELEVEN: November 19 (No class on the 21st, Thanksgiving Break)____________

ARCHITECTURE AND IDEOLOGY
MONDAY: Can the Architect Exist in a Vacuum?

Overview Discussion of Thesis Project/Final Project:

Building Type, Precedents, Program, and Site

READINGS:

(TII) Manfredo Tafuri, “Towards a Critique of Architectural Ideology”: 396-398.

(TII) OMA, Koolhaas and Mau, from “Bigness, or the problem of Large”: 566-568.

(TII) Michael Speaks, from “It’s Out There…the Formal Limits of the American Avant-Garde”: 570-571.


OPTIONAL:

*(TII) Van Berkel and Bos, “The New Concept of the Architect”: 581.


“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: No Class—Happy Thanksgiving!

WEEK TWELVE: November 26-28_______ ___________________________________

URBAN SOCIOLOGY AND PROJECT SPECIFIC PLANNING
MONDAY: Architecture, Urban Sociology and Cultural Geography

***Begin Peer Review of Your Projects in Class

READINGS:

(TII) Aldo Rossi, from “The Architecture of the City”: 386-388.

George Simmel, “The Metropolis and Mental Life” in The Nineteenth Century Visual Culture Reader, eds. Vanessa Schwartz and Jeannene Przyblyski (New York: Routledge, 2004).

Eve Blau, “The City as Protagonist: Architecture and the Culture of Central Europe” in Eve Blau and Monika Platzer, eds., Shaping the Great City (Munich: Prestel, 2000): 11-24.


“Experts” are _________________ and __________________

Everyone (including the “experts”): Remember to post to moodle (on ONE of the readings) by no later than Sunday afternoon at 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Returning to the Beginning: Theory in Relation to Method

***Continue Peer Review of Your Projects in Class

READINGS:

David Wang, “Chapter Four: Theory in Relation to Method” Architectural Research Methods, eds. Linda Groat and David Wang (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2002): 73-98.



WEEK THIRTEEN: December 3-5___________________________________________

PROJECT SPECIFIC PRESENTATIONS

MONDAY: Final Presentations Begin…



(Your specific date will be chosen the first week of October.)
WEDNESDAY: Final Presentations Continue…





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