F 9:00 - 11:50 a.m., Anderson Hall, Room 230 

Small, focused, introductory-level course in discussion, workshop and/or design-based format on topics related to current research in architecture.

This class investigates the multiscalar dynamics of urban life through an exploration of the early-modern and modern cities of the Middle East (15th-20th centuries CE).  Sitting at the intersection of three continents, this region's cities and their built environments have been continuously impacted by multiple local and global interconnectivities. A comparative, historical examination of these cities foregrounds the complex relationships between people, societies, and architecture. This class approaches urban and architectural history through a variety of themes including urban and architectural design, the ramifications of ethnic and religious tensions, alterations of land through infrastructural projects, and the roles of and responses to European architects on shaping the architectural culture in the modern Middle East. Students will also become acquainted with the major current historiographic trends in architectural and urban histories.  We will visit important urban centers across a wide area such as Aleppo, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Isfahan, Istanbul, Izmir, Jeddah, Jerusalem, and Muscat.

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