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Academic Catalog 2014-2015
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EDAD216 History of Architecture and Urban Planning I 3 cr.


The course examines building cultures from different periods and places, beginning with pre-history and the ancient civilizations from more than 5000 years ago that kept the first written records, through the era of medievalism up to the dawn of modernity.

Emphasis is given to different aspects of the built domain: selected individual buildings, their symbolical significance, layouts, spatial organization, construction, building materials and technologies, along with buildings’ sites and city plans within the broader urban and cultural landscapes.  Each lecture is based on a variety of case studies of buildings and settlements explored within their specific geographies and historical settings. Rather than asking for simple memorizing of particular data or dates, students develop skills of analyzing, comparing and getting oriented within distinct historical spaces and periods.

Lecture/Seminar
Culturally Diverse Content
Departmental Requirement