Rule vs. Freedom

History/Theory

Fall 2012

Mary McLeod, instructor

This seminar explored architecture theory from the late seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century, a period that challenged Renaissance canons of beauty and composition as it explored alternative  means on which to base architecture. While these new approaches were many and varied, most might be seen as attempts either to find a rational basis for architecture (structural expression, type, functionalism) or to grant new freedom to the architect whether on the basis of personal preference or a desire for sensational effect.  But these efforts are themselves often ambiguous, challenging any simple dichotomy between rule and license, or rationalism and intuition.