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Sample Proposal: Global Cultures

School of Architecture

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ARC 318L: World Architecture: Industrial Revolution to Present

Department of Architecture

Please describe specifically which non-U.S. community, country, or coherent regional grouping of countries, past or present, will be studied.

This course examines architecture from the late eighteenth century to the present. Coverage includes architecture in Europe, Africa, Asia, an South American in addition to North America. Case studies allow consideration of how issues such as colonialism, industrialization, and modernism are expressed in the architecture of specific global cultures. The 1/3 requirement for a coherent grouping of countries will be met by the comparative study of architecture in Western Europe, primarily Germany, Austria, France, and Great Britain.

What are typical readings or other materials in the course or class related to Global Cultures?

Typical reading assignments are indicated in the attached syllabus. In general, the readings include survey-level assignments coupled with articles and book chapters on specific cultures. Such specialized readings related to the case studies include: Carla de Benedetti and Barry Hallen, “Afro-Brazilian Mosques in West Africa,” Mimar 29: Architecture in Development (1988); John Michael Vlach, “Affecting Architecture of the Yoruba,” African Arts 10/1 (October 1976): 48-53, 99; Thomas R. Metcalf, “Architecture and the Representation of Empire: India, 1860-1910,” Representations, no. 6 (Spring 1984), 37-65; Cherie Wendelken, “The Tectonics of Japanese Style: Architect and Carpenter in the Late Meiji Period,” Art Journal 55/3 (Autumn, 1996), 28-37 Christine M. E. Guth, “Japan 1868-1945: Art, Architecture, and National Identity,” Art Journal 55/3 (Autumn, 1996), 16-20; Keith Eggener, “Postwar Modernism in Mexico: Luis Barragán’s Jardines del Pedregal and the International Discourse on Architecture and Place,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 58, no. 2 (June 1999): 122-145.

Describe typical assignments related to Global Cultures.

Students prepare weekly responses to the reading assignments. They examine topics in greater depth through a short research paper at the beginning of the semester and a longer study that culminates in a poster session and a final written paper. The mid-term and final examinations are essay-based.

Please explain how at least one-third of the course grade is based on content related to Global Cultures.

Global cultures constitute approximately two-thirds of the course content. The concentration on Western Europe represents at least one-third of the course. The assignments devoted to the concentration that constitute one-third of the course grade are as follows:

  • Reader responses: six constituting 12% of course grade
  • Midterm examination: 50% of the exam content (measured by essay topics and other components) constituting 10% of course grade
  • Final examination: 50% of the exam content (measured by essay topics and other components) constituting 10% of course grade.

If another instructor teaches the course, he or she would be instructed to fulfill the one-third requirement. Given the scope of the course the concentration on Western Europe would remain a constant.

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