ARC 204Introduction to Architectural Design(LA)The first in a series of design studios offered to students interested in majoring in architecture. The course will introduce architecture as an "impure'' plastic art, inseparable from a network of forces acting upon it. The student will be confronted with progressively complex exercises involving spatial relations in two dimensions, three dimensions, and time. The course will stress experimentation while providing an analytical and creative framework to develop an understanding of structure and materials as well as necessary skills in drawing and model making. Two three-hour studios with lectures included.
ARC 206Geometry and Architectural RepresentationThis course sets out two goals: the first is to understand the theories and techniques of geometry in architectural representation; the second is to develop the student's drawing sensibilities through 5 thematic drawing projects engaging both digital and manual techniques. Each new theme will be introduced through a lecture, tutorial, and discussion including a number of specific readings related to the topic at hand. The second class will be an individual desk crit to discuss the development of each drawing project. The third class will consist of a group pin-up review of each drawing experiment.
ARC 302/ART 347Architecture and the Visual Arts(LA)This course will explore the relationships between architectural discourse and the visual arts from the historical avant-garde to the present with an emphasis on a series of theoretical concepts, such as space, figure, frame, and empathy. Architectural discourse will be considered here as the intersection of diverse systems of representation: buildings, projects, drawings, as well as art and architectural theory and criticism, exhibitions, and photographs. The lectures are divided into six sections: theater, cinema, photography, painting, sculpture and multi-media installations.
ARC 411Building Envelope: Technology and ArchitectureThis seminar explores the intersection between building technology and architectural history through building envelopes. We will describe the building enclosure from within, as an embodiment of cultural, social, and technological processes. The aim is to help students to develop an integrated critical view, a balance between technology and culture. The main part of the seminar will present three façade types in detail: curtain walls, rain screen façades, and panel façades. Technical topics will be introduced during a weekly two-hour lecture; the last hour will be devoted to the discussion of case studies and team work.
ARC 489Survey of Selected Works of Twentieth-Century Architects(LA)This course is intended to expose the students to a range of major works, built and unbuilt, of architecture from 1950 to the present. This course will focus on these particular buildings as they open themselves to a textual analysis. These analyses are intended to open up issues such as criticality, autonomy and singularity as they begin to evolve in architectural building (as opposed to texts) in the last half of the 20th century. This course will concentrate on individual buildings not architects. Each analysis will be accompanied by an illustrated presentation and selected readings.
ARC 492Topics in the Formal Analysis of the Urban Structure: American UrbanismThe American city has undergone a number of restructurings since colonial times. However, the mutations that occurred at the beginning and in the middle of the twentieth century not only restructured the city but also dramatically changed its configuration in a radical way. We might be living a similar situation today at the beginning of a new century, when changes as powerful as the sub-urbanization of the 1950's are generating new configurations of urban space and form that are expanding once more the definition of the city and urban culture.
ART 201/ARC 205Roman Architecture(LA)This course will examine the architecture of the Romans, from its mythic beginnings (as recounted, for example, by Vitruvius) to the era of the high empire. Topics will include: city planning; the transformation of the building trades; civic infrastructure; and the full breadth of Roman structures, both public and private.
ART 250/ARC 250/ENV 250Architecture, Globalization, and the Environment(LA)This course covers global architecture and urbanism and their relation to climate change and social problems. Special attention will be paid to the erosion of public space, whether it is due to gentrification, gated communities, outright segregation, or to the devastating impact of war in urban zones in many parts of the world. We will study green architecture and issues of sustainability, as well as environmental justice and environmental racism. Architecture's complicities with regard to global warming, its squandering of fossil fuels and its response to rising waters and water scarcity are also central to our approach.
ART 332/ARC 332The Landscape of Allusion: Garden and Landscape Architecture, 1450-1750(LA)To understand Man's changing interpretations of Nature as seen in gardens and landscape architecture, pastoral poetry, and landscape painting.
ART 333/ARC 333Renaissance and Baroque Architecture(LA)European architecture from 1420 to the mid-18th century with particular emphasis on its historical and social background. Various architectural styles - Renaissance, baroque, and rococo - are studied in terms of important architects and buildings especially of Italy, France, and England.
CEE 262A/ARC 262A/EGR 262A/URB 262A/ART 262Structures and the Urban Environment(LA)This course focuses on structural engineering as a new art form begun during the Industrial Revolution and flourishing today in long-span bridges, thin shell concrete vaults, and tall buildings. Through critical analysis of major works students are introduced to the methods of evaluating structures as an art form. Students study the works and ideas of individual structural artists through their elementary calculations, their builder's mentality and their aesthetic imagination. Students examine contemporary exemplars that are essential to the understanding of 21st century structuring of cities with illustrations taken from various cities.
CEE 262B/ARC 262B/EGR 262B/URB 262BStructures and the Urban Environment(STL)This course focuses on structural engineering as a new art form begun during the Industrial Revolution and flourishing today in long-span bridges, thin shell concrete vaults, and tall buildings. Through laboratory experiments students study the scientific basis for structural performance and thereby connect external forms to the internal forces in the major works of structural engineers. Students examine contemporary exemplars that are essential to the understanding of 21st century structuring of cities with illustrations taken from various cities in the U.S. and abroad.
CEE 364/ARC 364Materials in Civil Engineering(STL)Lectures on structure and properties of building materials including concrete (conventional and low CO2), steel, asphalt and wood; fracture mechanics; strength testing; mechanisms of deterioration (corrosion; freeze-thaw cycles, pollution). Labs on brittle fracture, heat treatment of steel, strength of concrete, mechanical properties of wood.
ENE 202/ARC 208/EGR 208/ENV 206Designing Sustainable Systems: Applying the Science of Sustainability to Address Global Change(STN)The course presents anthropogenic global changes and their impact on sustainable design. The course focuses on the mechanistic understanding of the underlying principles based in simple concepts from natural and applied sciences. Based on a reflection of successes and failures, it indicates the feasibility of the necessary changes and critically discusses alternatives. The material is presented in 2 parts: 1) Global Change and Environmental Impacts: studying our influences on basic natural systems and cycles, and 2) Designing Sustainable Systems: studying potential solutions to these challenges through an applied design project.
VIS 202/ARC 202Introductory Drawing(LA)This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing. Students will be introduced to a range of drawing issues, as well as a variety of media, including charcoal, graphite, ink, oil stick, collage, string, wire and clay. Subject matter includes still life, the figure, landscape and architecture. Representation, abstraction and working from imagination will be explored. A structured independent project will be completed at the end of the term.
VIS 204/ARC 328Introductory Painting(LA)An introduction to the materials and methods of painting. The areas to be covered are color and its interaction, the use of form and scale, painting from a model, painting objects with a concern for their mass and interaction with light.
VIS 214/ARC 214/CWR 214Graphic Design(LA)This studio course will introduce students to the essential aspects and skills of graphic design, and will analyze and discuss the increasingly vital role that non-verbal, graphic information plays in all areas of professional life, from fine art and book design to social networking and the Internet. Students in the course will explore visual organization through a series of focused, interrelated assignments dealing with composition, page layout, type design, and image. Hands on production will include an array of do-it-yourself printing and distribution technologies, from letterpress and mimeograph to photocopying and websites.