T Th 9:25 a.m. -– 10:40 a.m., Ryon Engineering Lab (RYN), Room 201

This introductory course exposes students to challenges that have driven architects and theorists from the early twentieth century to the present. The course is structured around a sequence of fourteen themes that have recurred as major debates throughout architectural history. Focusing on topics, ranging from representation, to media, to politics, urbanity, or fabrication, each theme is presented as a debate between diverging viewpoints in order to expose seminal positions that have motivated both theory and practice. In weekly discussion sections, we will analyze buildings and discuss canonical texts. These sections provide opportunities for students to develop their own positions on the issues debated, and to refine their ability to make arguments. This course is required for all students in the undergraduate program and Option 2 students in the graduate program. Enrollment of other students is welcomed but may be limited based on availability and approval of the instructor. 

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