History of Architecture 1

This course will examine architecture and urbanism from distant Antiquity to the end of the Baroque Age, the early 1700s. Architectural history, from the time of agricultural settlement, has been thoroughly colored by human alterations of the landscape and nature. These acts have been accomplished through the development of tools, technologies of building and landforming, and devices of representation (i.e., drawing and writing). They have equally been realized through the patterns of economic systems and religious beliefs. The intention throughout the semester will be to articulate the emergence of architecture through the historical development of design concepts (e.g., propriety, beauty, proportion) and design devices (figure/ground, axis, symmetry).