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ARCH 249 Glowacki - ARCH 249 500 Survey of World...

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ARCH 249 - 500 Survey of World Architectural History I Texas A&M University Spring 2010 Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:35-10:50am in ARCB 101 (= Langford Architecture Center Building B, Room 101 = Geren Auditorium) Instructor: Dr. Kevin Glowacki, Dept. of Architecture Office: Jack K. Williams Administration Building (ADMN), Room 005D (in the Center for Heritage Conservation) Email: [email protected] Phone: 979-845-8194 (office); 979-845-0384 (Center for Heritage Conservation); 979-845-1015 (Dept. of Architecture) Office hours: Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-4:00pm (and by appointment) Description: Survey of World Architecture History I. (3-0). Credit 3. A survey of the history of western and non- western architecture and the human-designed and built environment from the prehistoric period to the late 12 th /early 13 th century CE; origins and the evolution of ideas related to the question of creativity in art and architectural objects and plans that make up the total scope of the designed environment. This is an introductory-level course, designed both for students majoring in Environmental Design and for all others who seek an overview of ancient and medieval architecture. This course also fulfills the University Core Curriculum requirements in the Humanities (UHUM) and the Visual & Performing Arts (UVPA). There are no formal prerequisites. Format: ARCH 249 is a large “lecture” class, usually enrolling over 200 students. It is also a “slide” class, meaning that the lectures will be illustrated with PowerPoint presentations, but some time will also be devoted each class period for discussion. Through lectures, in-class activities, and assigned readings, you will be expected to develop a “working vocabulary” of architectural terms and design concepts as well as a “visual vocabulary” of specific monuments and sites in their proper chronological order and cultural context. Course Objectives : Every student will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of architecture through analysis of form, function, and context. By exploring the built environment from prehistory to the early Gothic period, students will develop a critical approach to understanding elements of design, construction, and theory. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: Visually recognize and identify architectural illustrations (plans, elevations, sections) [Knowledge]. Describe, using formal and technical vocabulary, the defining characteristics of buildings [Knowledge]. Distinguish significant developments in construction and design [Comprehension]. Interpret evidence for the transmission of styles and design across time and cultures [Application]. Build a chronological framework for understanding the development of construction /engineering techniques [Application]. Apply critical thinking to theories in the history of architecture [Evaluation].
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