HARC S-120 Introduction to Western Architecture
This course is an introduction to western architecture from the ancient world to the twentieth century. After preliminary study of the conventions of architectural representation and uses of materials, the course offers a historical overview of key monuments of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Renaissance, and modern architecture. Geographically, the course moves from the Mediterranean through northern Europe and Britain to the United States, with lectures also on select Islamic monuments. The intersection of engineering, aesthetics, and symbolism are studied in the Pantheon and its emulators in Renaissance Florence, Michelangelo's Rome, and Wren's London. Urban planning is the focus of classes on New York and the creation of capital cities in Russia, America, and India. The interaction of American and European modernism concludes the course, with emphasis on Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier.