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ARC 203Introduction to Architectural Thinking(LA)The objective of this course is to provide a broad overview of the discipline of architecture: its history, theories, methodologies; its manners of thinking and working. Rather than a chronological survey, the course will be organized thematically, with examples drawn from a range of historical periods as well as contemporary practice. Through lectures, readings, and discussions every student will acquire a working knowledge of key texts, buildings and architectural concepts.
ARC 308/ART 328History of Architectural Theory(HA)This course offers a history of architectural theory, criticism, and historiography from the Renaissance to the present, emphasizing the texts, media and institutions that have supported architecture's claim to modernity since the late 17th Century. Architectural thought is examined in its social and cultural context as it relates both to the Western philosophical tradition and to design method and practice.
ARC 311Building Science and Technology: Building SystemsThis course introduces students to the art and science of building. Emphasis will be placed gaining an understanding of construction materials, methods and the process of translating design ideas into built form. Specific topics are introduced each week during the two one-hour lectures. These topics are then further explored, and students gain hands on experience, each week during the two-hour laboratory component of the course.
ARC 374Computational Design(LA)This course is an introduction to computational design using a range of design concepts from NURBS modeling, simple programming and parametric modeling to basic digital fabrication and electronics. Through a series of computational exercises, presentations, and in-class discussions, we will investigate the evolving relationship between models of design and generative design issues of technology and culture in architecture.
ARC 401Theories of Housing and Urbanism(SA)The seminar will explore theories of urbanism and housing by reading canonical writers who have created distinctive and influential ideas about urbanism and housing from the nineteenth century to the present. The writers are architects, planners, and social scientists. The theories are interdisciplinary. One or two major works will be discussed each week. We will critically evaluate their relevance and significance for architecture now. Topics include: modernism, technological futurism, density, the new urbanism, the networked city, landscape urbanism, and sustainable urbanism.
ARC 403Topics in the History and Theory of Architecture(LA)We will consider that a successful thesis entails the meeting of a socio-cultural problematic with a specific disciplinary issue, that the confluence and exchange between these external and internal situations can instigate an original contribution to architectural knowledge and technique. The "newness" of this contribution comes through a particular kind of repetition, a wily swerve within the established canon. The seminar will introduce disciplinary methods and themes through close readings of architectural texts and objects and will provide a workshop for the testing and elaboration of architectural polemics through directed research.
ARC 404Advanced Design StudioThe Advanced Design Studio examines architecture as cultural production, taking into account its capacity to structure both physical environments and social organizations. A specific problem or topic area will be set by each studio critic, and may include a broad range of building types, urban districts or regional landscapes, questions of sustainability, building materials or building performance. Studio work will include research and data gathering, analysis and program definition. Students are expected to master a full range of design media, including drawing, model-making and computer-aided design.
ART 233/ARC 233Renaissance Art and Architecture(LA)What was the Renaissance? This class explores the major artistic currents that swept northern and southern Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries in an attempt to answer that question. In addition to considering key themes such as the revival of antiquity, imitation and license, religious devotion, artistic style, and the art market, we will survey significant works by artists and architects including Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, Jan van Eyck, Dürer, and Michelangelo. Precepts will focus on direct study of original objects, with visits to Princeton's collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, books and maps.
ART 458/ECS 458/ARC 458/FRE 458Seminar. Modern Architecture(LA)This seminar studies the radical forms of urban renewal that altered the city of Paris during the second half of the nineteenth century. The often violent redistribution of social classes across the urban territory and creation of new forms of infrastructure had a pronounced effect on citizens. So did its expanding colonial empire. Urban mobility, new forms of leisure and consumption, spatial segregation and class antagonisms all helped pave the way for new cultures and counter-cultures. We shall analyze how notions of identity were being forged and reinvented as traditional class and gender roles changed.
DAN 310/ARC 380/THR 323/URB 310The Arts of Urban Transition(LA)This interdisciplinary course uses texts and methods from history, theatre, and dance to examine artists and works of art as agents of change in New York (1960-present) and contemporary Detroit. Issues include relationships between artists, changing urban economies, and the built environment; gentrification and creative placemaking; local history in art interventions; and impacts of urban arts initiatives. A fall break studio trip to Detroit, and visits to archives and sites in New York, are included. Students will use data and methods from the course to produce final creative projects.
POL 403/CHV 403/ARC 405/GER 403/SOC 403/URB 403Architecture and Democracy(EM)What kind of public architecture is appropriate for a democracy? Should public spaces and buildings reflect democratic values - such as transparency and accessibility - or is the crucial requirement for democratic architecture that the process of arriving at decisions about the built environment is as participatory as possible? Is gentrification somehow un-democratic? The course will introduce students to different theories of democracy, to different approaches to architecture, and to many examples of architecture and urban planning from around the world, via images and films. Might include a field trip.
URB 300/HUM 300/ARC 300/WWS 392Urban Studies Research SeminarThis interdisciplinary seminar introduces research methods in urban studies. We will focus on some of the ways in which researchers make sense of cities, including various aspects of urban experience, culture, history, theory, form, and policy. Students will use the analytical frameworks covered in the course to develop their own research projects with the goal of developing more dynamic junior papers and senior theses.
VIS 201/ARC 201Introductory 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 and oil stick. Subject matter includes still life, the figure, landscape and architecture. Students will explore representation, abstraction, process and conceptual drawing, as well as working from imagination. A structured independent project will be given at the end of the semester.
VIS 203/ARC 327Introductory Painting(LA)An introduction to the materials and methods of painting. The areas to be covered are specifically color and its interaction, the use of form and scale, painting from a model, painting objects with a concern for their mass and its interaction with light.