A Global History of Architecture - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Description

Learn about humanity’s rich architectural history on this journey around the globe – from 100,000 BCE to ca. 1,600 CE.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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What you'll learn on the course

Architecture Design
Architecture
History
Culture
Traditions

Course programme

How do we understand architecture? One way of answering this question is by looking through the lens of history, beginning with First Societies and extending to the 16th century. This course in architectural history is not intended as a linear narrative, but rather aims to provide a more global view, by focusing on different architectural "moments." How did the introduction of iron in the ninth century BCE impact regional politics and the development of architecture? How did new religious formations, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, produce new architectural understandings? What were the architectural consequences of the changing political landscape in northern Italy in the 14th century? How did rock-cut architecture move across space and time from West Asia to India to Africa? How did the emergence of corn impact the rise of religious and temple construction in Mexico? Each lecture analyzes a particular architectural transformation arising from a dynamic cultural situation. Material covered in lectures will be supplemented by readings from the textbook A Global History of Architecture. Join us on a journey around the globe and learn how architecture has developed and interacted with the world’s culture, religion, and history.

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Mark Jarzombek Mark Jarzombek is Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at MIT where he also serves as Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. He studied at the University of Chicago, the ETH in Zurich, and obtained his PhD in the History of Architecture from MIT in 1986. He started his teaching career at Cornell University, and joined the MIT faculty in 2005.