HT: Primitive to Postmodern

This course explores the intersections of racial and architectural theory from the eighteenth century to the present. Surveying key movements and figures from neoclassicism, to modern interest in "primitive" architecture, to the contemporary work of David Adjaye and others, the course proposes that issues of race traditionally conceived as "marginal" can be reread as constitutive to the rise of modern architectural theory. We will ask questions such as: How have evolutionary narratives of progress and decline influenced architectural thought? What role have the notions of race, ethnicity, nation, and culture played in the development of ideas about building "style" over the last three centuries? How have the values of purity versus hybridity been understood within modern architecture?