How do we understand architecture? One way of answering this question is by looking through the lens of history, beginning with First Societies and extending to the 16th century. This course in architectural history is not intended as a linear narrative, but rather aims to provide a more global view, by focusing on different architectural "moments."
How did the introduction of iron in the ninth century BCE impact regional politics and the development of architecture? How did new religious formations, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, produce new architectural understandings? What were the architectural consequences of the changing political landscape in northern Italy in the 14th century? How did rock-cut architecture move across space and time from West Asia to India to Africa? How did the emergence of corn impact the rise of religious and temple construction in Mexico?
Each lecture analyzes a particular architectural transformation arising from a dynamic cultural situation. Material covered in lectures will be supplemented by readings from the textbook A Global History of Architecture.
Join us on a journey around the globe and learn how architecture has developed and interacted with the world’s culture, religion, and history.
Lecture 1: The First Societies Lecture 2: The Gravettians and the Hunting Traditions of the North Lecture 3: The Holocene and the Agro-Pastoral Emergence Lecture 4: Agricultural Emergence Lecture 5: Stone – Between Life and Death Lecture 6: Cities and Temples Lecture 7: After the Cataclysm and the Rise of the Eastern Mediterranean Lecture 8: Iron and the New World Order Lecture 9: Persia and Greece Lecture 10: India and China Lecture 11: Buddhism - India and Beyond Lecture 12: Americas - Shaping/Harvesting the Land Lecture 13: Rome Lecture 14: Roman Architecture Lecture 15: Early Christian Architecture Lecture 16: Christianity and the Roman East Lecture 17: Early Islamic Architecture Lecture 18: Early Hindu Architecture Lecture 19: Borobudur, Angkor, and SE Asia Lecture 20: The 13th Century - Inner Asia and Beyond Lecture 21: Medieval Christian Architecture Lecture 22: Italy - 13th to the 15th Century Lecture 23: Colonial Transitions Lecture 24: Time
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