Architecture History 1: 1660-1860

History/Theory

Fall 2012

Mary McLeod, instructor

The objective of the two semester sequence Architecture History I and II was to provide students with a basic critical understanding of major developments in European (and to a lesser extent, American) architectural history during what is sometimes considered the modern period, from the late seventeenth-century to the post-World War II era. The course emphasized moments of significant change in architecture, whether they be theoretical, economic, technological or institutional in nature. Each lecture usually focused on a theme, such as positive versus arbitrary beauty, enlightenment urban planning, historicism, structural rationalism, social utopianism and so on.