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Fall 2017-2018
HUM 595 / ARC 593 / MOD 551   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities - What is a material? History, Architecture, Environment

Lucia Allais
Forrest M. Meggers

Materialism has returned to the forefront of humanistic speculation, as scholars rethink how to be human in the face of environmental change. Today, who counts as a historical and/or environmental agent depends largely on what one thinks a material is. This course mines the history of architecture and its allied engineering for technical and philosophical perspectives on this material turn. We alternate seminar discussions (on themes such as solidity, invisibility, aggregation, operability, wires) and workshops (where guest scientists, historians, practitioners lead us in experiments in thinking and making).

Sample reading list:
Latour, Bruno, Laboratory Life
Daniel Miller, ed., Materiality
Gumbrecht and Pfeiffer, Eds, Materialities of Communication
Gail Peter Borden & Michael Meredith, Eds, Matter
Callister, William D. Jr., Materials Science and Engineering - An Introduction.
Smith, Pamela H., Amy R. W. Meyers, and Harold J. Cook, Ways of Making and Knowing

Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Other (See Instructor) - 50%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21350 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Architecture Building   S118   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed