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CS Architectural Theory (CS 2040)

Term: 2011-2012 Academic Year Fall


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Thu, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (9/6/2011 - 12/16/2011) Location: MAIN MAIN 226


This course tracks developments in architectural theory and discourse from the era immediately following WWII to the present day. Students read and dissect primary texts from significant fields of study including postmodern studies, phenomenology, structuralism, deconstruction, post-structuralism, feminism, contemporary materialism and the current discourse on architectural effects and figures. This course introduces students to architectural argumentation through critique, reviews of ongoing installations and exhibitions, including those of the SCI-Arc Gallery, and attendance at public lectures. This course prepares students for their thesis work.

Major Discussions. To introduce students to major theoretical discussions in architecture.
Canonical Works. To familiarize students with architecture that has emerged as canonical within a range of these discussions (vernacular, historicist, avant-garde, quotidian works, etc.) as well as contemporary design work that