HarvardX Online Course on Architectural Imagination

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Harvard University is offering free online course on Architectural Imagination. In this HarvardX online course, you will learn how to “read” architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement

The overall objective of this course is to learn fundamental principles of architecture as an academic subject or a professional career from a study of history’s important buildings. The course will start on February 28, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 3-5 hours pw
Subject: Architecture
Institution: HarvardX and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on February 28, 2017

Providers’ Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

About This Course

Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. In this course, you will learn how to “read” architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement. Vivid analyses of exemplary buildings from a wide range of historical contexts, coupled with hands-on exercises in drawing and modeling, bring you close to the work of an actual architect or historian.

Architecture is one of the most complexly negotiated and globally recognized cultural practices, both as an academic subject and a professional career. Its production involves all of the technical, aesthetic, political, and economic issues at play within a given society. Over the course of ten modules, University will examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to read, analyze, and understand different forms of architectural representation
  • Social and historical contexts behind major works of architecture
  • Basic principles to produce your own architectural drawings and models
  • Pertinent content for academic study or a professional career as an architect

Course Syllabus

Part I: Form and History
Module 1: The Architectural Imagination: An Introduction
Module 2: Reading Architecture: Column and Wall
Module 3: Hegel and Architectural History
Module 4: Aldo Rossi and Typology

Part II: The Technology Effect
Module 5: The Crystal Palace: Infrastructure and Detail
Module 6: The Dialectics of Glass and Steel
Module 7: Technology Tamed: Le Corbusier’s Machines for Living

Part III: Representation and Context
Module 8: Drawing Utopia: Visionary Architecture of the 18th Century
Module 9: The Pompidou Center in the City of Paris
Module 10: Presenting the Unrepresentable

Instructors

K. Michael Hays

Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Harvard University

Erika Naginski

Professor of Architectural History, Harvard University

Antoine Picon

  1. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, Harvard University

Requirements

None

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