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Fall 2018-2019
* ARC 203 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Architectural Thinking

Stanley T. Allen

The objective of this course is to provide a broad overview of the discipline of architecture: its history, theories, methodologies; its manners of thinking and working. Rather than a chronological survey, the course will be organized thematically, with examples drawn from a range of historical periods as well as contemporary practice. Through lectures, readings, and discussions every student will acquire a working knowledge of key texts, buildings and architectural concepts.

Sample reading list:
Alan Colquhoun, Modern Architecture
Ulrich Conrads, Programs + Manifestoes on 20th c. Architecture
Adrian Forty, Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction
Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York
Rafael Moneo, Theoretical Anxieties & Design Strategies
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
60-80 pages of reading a week. Precepts will discuss reading assignments and study individual buildings in depth, linking discussions to lectures. Assignments will include student presentations of readings and buildings in precept, a midterm exam, and a final project consisting of a thorough analysis of a single, significant work of architecture.

Mid Term Exam - 35%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Other information:
Architectural thinking will be explored thematically by focusing upon a series of significant debates (historical and contemporary) about tectonics, program, representation, and urbanism. Debates will include history versus utopia, handcrafted versus machine made, generic versus iconic, form versus program, drawing versus scripting, and image versus surface, among others.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22472 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:63 Limit:80
22473 P01 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm T   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:14 Limit:16
22474 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:14 Limit:16
23082 P03 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:15 Limit:16
22475 P04 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:12 Limit:16
24180 P05 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm M   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:8 Limit:16