University of Maryland School of Architecture Planning & Preservation
ARCH 170 - INTRODUCTION TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Ronit Eisenbach, RA
Office hours M: 11-12:00 and by appt.
Administrative Teaching Assistant:
Leah Davies, Gina Pinnock, Sara Dewey, Kim Centrone, Cari Varner, Zubin Adrianvala, Nick
Aello, Valerie Smith, Allison Wilson, Nicole Hinkle
Introduction of (1) conceptual, perceptual, behavioral, and technical aspects of the environment; and (2) methods of
analysis, problem-solving, and implementation.
PURPOSE OF THE COURSE
You have chosen this course as part of your CORE Liberal Arts and Sciences Study Program, the general education
portion of your degree program. CORE Distributive Studies courses are designed to ensure that you will take a look at
several academic disciplines and the ways they create and analyze knowledge. A committee composed of faculty and
students approved this CORE course because it will introduce you to ideas and issues that are central to a major
intellectual discipline and because it promises to involve you actively in the learning process.
(This impressive statement
courtesy of the CORE Program)
In this course we will explore such questions as:
What is the built environment?
What role does it play in everyone's life?
How are ideas and significance embedded in the world we make?
Specifically, this course is intended to expose you to:
The theoretical basis of the design disciplines.
The vocabulary they use.
The methods and procedures on which they rely.
The human significance of the built environment.
The relationship between culture, values, technology and the built environment.
Ching, Francis D.K.,
Architecture: Form Space and Order
, Van Nostrand Reinhold. Editions 2 OR 3.
Supplemental Readings for Architecture 170,
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
Optional Additional References (Available in the Architecture Library) and Resources:
Architecture: The Story of Practice
, MIT Press.
Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession
Home: The Short History of an Idea
, Penguin Books.
The City Shaped
, Bulfinch Press - Little, Brown & Company.
Intentions in Architecture
, MIT Press.
Sustainability and the Built Environment
Campus Sustainability at the University of Maryland (www.sustainability.umd.edu/index.php?p=sustain_office)
“The University Strategic Plan firmly establishes sustainability as part of the mission of the institution and sets
the goal for the University to be ‘a national model for a Green University.’”
“The Chesapeake Project… was designed to help University of Maryland faculty integrate sustainability themes
into existing courses across all disciplines.
Through these revised courses, students will have the opportunity to
explore sustainability through multiple lenses to gain a more comprehensive understanding on the subject and
consider the importance of this issue for their own lives, for their communities and the world.” In this course we