Selected Topics in Architecture (Architecture From 1750 to the Present) OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level General Architecture Course by MIT

Published Jan 16, 2009

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This class was designed to consider the effects of European architectural supremacy, following the European Enlightenment, on modern global architectural issues. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has made 'Selected Topics in Architecture: Architecture from 1750 to the Present' available as free OpenCourseWare class material. In this course, which is suitable for master's degree candidates in Architecture, students begin their journey in the archaeological digs of Europe and end with an examination of Architecture in modern times.

Selected Topics in Architecture (Architecture from 1750 to the Present): Course Specifics

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Selected Topics in Architecture (Architecture from 1750 to the Present): Course Description

In this Architecture general studies class, students learn about the challenges that Architecture and the architect faced following the European Enlightenment. Students study Architecture history as it relates to modern legal restrictions, economic pressures and the demands of building restrictions. Topics for relational debate can include anything from the use of color, to the effects of gender and class, to the role of nationalism, in the shaping of today's universally recognized Architecture processes. The course also focuses on the changes brought about by the Architecture ideals of colonial, industrial and post-industrial cultures. The entire course seeks to explore the history of Architecture with themes rather than examining ideas in chronological order. Originally taught by Professor Arindam Dutta, the on-campus class lasted six weeks, with two 1.5-hour sessions a week. The class is writing intensive and is part of the Master of Science in Architecture Studies program.

This free online Architecture OpenCourseWare includes a list of assignments with questions, lecture notes and a comprehensive reading list for each lecture topic. For more information on this course or courses like it, visit the Architecture history course page.

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