10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW
Robinson Hall B113
Section Information for Fall 2019
Architecture is the inescapable art form. It surrounds us all, every day of our lives, shaping and conditioning our experience of the world. In this course, we will explore three paths of inquiry: historical, structural, and practical. We will examine how architecture has developed and interacted with culture, religion, and politics, an examination that will help you to “read” the architecture of the world in a critically informed way. We will look at how buildings stand up, analyzing basic structural systems like post and lintel, arch, and truss, and common materials like stone, concrete, and steel. And we will also make architecture of our own, engaging in its design process and problem-solving work. Together these methods present the richest possible understanding of architecture. And since buildings are among the chief artifacts that any society leaves behind, the story of architecture is, at its essence, a story of human civilization.