20.221 Traditions: World History Connections to Vernacular Architecture
Daniel J. Whittaker
This course provides an outline of the history of architecture and urbanism from Ancient Egypt to the present and spanning both western and eastern traditions. Students analyze buildings and the built environment as the products of culture and in relation to the special problems of architectural design and the history of architecture with an urbanist perspective that stresses the cultural and political context from which building arises. The course is designed to develop critical tools used in the analysis and appreciation of architecture for its role in creating the intellectual environment in which we conduct our lives. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication is provided.