ARCH 327 - History of American Architecture, Urbanism, and Landscape
Prerequisites: AAH 121 AAH 122 or Graduate Standing or permission of instructor
This course examines key works of American art and architecture, town and city planning, urbanism, and landscape design. It begins with the Federal period and ends with 1960s post-modernism. Among the course’s principal themes are the significance of architecture in shaping a national identity; architects’ responses in the 19th century to the abundance of nature and the open landscape; the emergence of the City Beautiful as an artistic and planning ideal in the wake of the Civil War; and in the mid-20th century, and the reception and critique of the European avant-garde.
In lectures and discussions, we will analyze private houses and public buildings, paintings and sculpture, parks and landscapes, and towns and cities in light of characterizing aspects of American society, environment, and technology. Special emphasis will be placed on the designed environment as a force within and manifestation of American society and culture.
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