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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 423Twelve Ecologies of the EnvelopeThis seminar is aimed to develop and discuss a new theory of the building envelope, able to replace the historical disciplines of the facade. The focus lies between technology and theory and the method will be research driven. The hypothesis of this seminar is that the envelope's performance occurs primarily through material embodiments rather than through superficial, ornamental representation. The discussion will depart from the concept of façade material assemblage, which addresses the evolution of artificial ecologies as a method. We have identified 12 façade assemblages to structure this theory, and we will devote one session to each.
ARC 449/HUM 449/URB 449Making Sense of the City(LA)This course starts from the premise that to engage the spatial politics of cities of the Americas, we must engage with the senses. We will ask how vision, affect, and smell shape our understandings of and connections to urban space. And conversely, how different spaces condition our sensorial experiences. Employing the critical, interpretive and theoretical knowledge of the humanities, we examine how these sensorial markers of belonging in urban spaces relate to and expand social markers of citizenship, political boundaries, gender, class, race, and ethnicity.
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.
ART 250/ARC 250/ENV 250Architecture, Globalization, and the Environment(LA)This course analyzes contemporary architecture and its relation to climate change and to social problems having to do with urbanism. 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 issues of sustainability, as well as climate justice and environmental racism. Architecture's complicities with regard to global warming and its squandering of fossil fuels are central to our approach.
ART 251/ARC 251Architecture of Princeton University(LA)Listed by Forbes magazine as one of the World's Most Beautiful Campuses, Princeton has long been an architectural paragon, much-admired and copied. Its astonishingly varied buildings can help tell the story of American architectural history from the 1750s on. This course will examine Princeton's fascinating relationship to ever-changing architectural trends in America and Britain. Controversies will be emphasized, from nineteenth-century fights about Gothic Revival to current debates about Neo-modernist designs by world-famous architects. Walking tours and a field trip will enhance your understanding of America's fourth-oldest campus.
ART 339/FRE 344/ARC 339Concepts in Early Modern Architecture(LA)The rediscovery of classical antiquity has been the central narrative of Renaissance art history. This class takes the opposite tack to consider how architects reacted to challenges when antiquity offered no precedents. How have architectural responses to particular conditions shaped the modern world? Beginning in the twelfth century with a special focus on France and Italy, we will explore key problems in the history of architecture, including how new technologies and theoretical shifts affected practice. We will examine a set of institutional types to consider how the absence of historical models prompted experiments in building form.
ART 388/SOC 388/AMS 388/ARC 388Photo, Urbanism and Civic Change between 1960-1980(LA)In conjunction with the concurrent exhibition The City Lost and Found, this course focuses on an extraordinary period of visual responses to the changing fabric of America's three largest cities: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. We explore their seismic transformations, from political protests to urban renewal projects. Students assess original artworks, films, texts, photographs, and a variety of print media (all on view in the Princeton University Art Museum) and analyze readings from disciplines as diverse as cultural geography, urban planning, urban theory, and art history.
ART 437/ARC 437The Multimedia Architect(LA)Architects did not describe themselves as architects in the Renaissance. Sculptors, painters, writers, and engineers all designed buildings while simultaneously - and often primarily - focusing on other arts. What happens when a goldsmith builds a dome or an artillery engineer constructs a staircase? How does an artist's work across various media inform an architectural project, and vice-versa? Using artists including Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Rubens as case studies, this course explores the concept of the early modern multimedia architect to ask: what is architectural about architecture?
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.
ECS 376/ARC 376/ART 386The Body in Space: Art, Architecture, and Performance(LA)An interdisciplinary investigation of the status of the human body in the modern reinvention of space within the overlapping frames of art, architecture, and the performing arts, from the fin-de-siècle to the present. Works by artists, architects, theater designers, and film makers who address the human figure in space will be supplemented by readings on architectural theory, intellectual and cultural history, psychoanalysis, anthropology, and aesthetics. Course will address issues of bodily empathy, the relation between bodily perception and space, as well as the animation and mechanization of bodies and things inside modern enclosures.
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.
ENV 382/LAS 382/ARC 382/URB 382Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions(LA)At the beginning of the 20th century, 10% of the world's population lived in cities; today, more than half live in urbanized areas. As part of our search for solutions to climate, water and energy challenges in a urbanizing world, it is crucial to understand and reassess the role of cities in the environment. This interdisciplinary course aims to add historical, theoretical and cultural dimensions to scientific, technological, and policy aspects of current environmental challenges, to bridge the environmental sciences, architecture and the humanities, and to rethink traditional city/nature dichotomies.
URB 201/WWS 201/SOC 203/ARC 207Introduction to Urban Studies(SA)This course will examine different crises confronting cities in the 21st century. Topics will range from immigration, to terrorism, shrinking population, traffic congestion, pollution, energy crisis, housing needs, water wars, race riots, extreme weather conditions, war and urban operations. The range of cities will include Los Angles, New Orleans, Paris, Logos, Caracas, Havana, New York, Hong Kong, and Baghdad among others.
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.