2019 History of Western Architecture

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Instructor(s)
Fujita Yasuhito 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Wed1-4(M111)  
Group
-
Course number
ARC.D202
Credits
2
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2019/4/18
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

The goal of this course is for students to gain an understanding of the history of architecture built in the "West" since pre-historic times, with a focus on Europe, based on architectural styles and how they shifted. Specially, students will use the time divisions of common architectural styles to gain an overview of the architectural characteristics of each period's style, the zeitgeist, and historical significance, with the help of ample examples.
For students majoring in the field of architecture, the history of architecture is not just a required field of learning in which they acquire a basic grounding that spans all of architecture, but also an important academic field for cultivating a perspective on architecture and history that is essential for the future of constructing buildings and urban environments. Through this course, students will become acquainted with the characteristics of various types of man-made architecture, the circumstances of their creation, and the zeitgeists, as well as gaining a perspective of how people have conceived of architecture and cities throughout historical periods, and how the architectural culture and techniques of the Western world have formed, which are the basis of our modern architecture and cities. On that basis, we would like students to use this course as an opportunity for considering how future architecture and cities should be.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1)Acquire basic knowledge on characteristics of architectural styles seen in the history of western architecture, and explain them.
2)Understand the meaning of western architecture and its history as the matrix of architecture and urban environment which are surrounding us around the world today.
3)Acquire their own thinking way for seeking historical meanings of architecture and urban environment at present, based on knowledge acquired through lectures.
4)Cultivate their perspective on architecture and history by finding contemporary meanings in western historical architecture, based on knowledge acquired through lectures.

Keywords

Architectural history, Urban history, Architecture, Cities, Architectural Styles, Historical Perspective, Zeitgeist, The West

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

This course is mainly composed of lectures given by the lecturer.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 2 Architecture of Ancient Orient Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 3 Ancient Greek (Hellenistic) Architecture Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 4 Ancient Roman Architecture Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 5 Paleochristian Architecture Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 6 Byzantine Architecture Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 7 Islamic Architecture 1 Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 8 Islamic Architecture 2 Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 9 Pre-Romanesque Architecture Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 10 Romanesque Architecture Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 11 Gothic Architecture Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 12 Mediaeval Cities Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 13 Renaissance Architecture Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 14 Baroque and Rococo Architecture Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.
Class 15 Conclusion Several Assignments will be given to the participants, as needed.

Textbook(s)

Any textbooks are not designated.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference for the lecture will be handed out each time, as needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Grades are based on the result of the final exam, the assignments during the quarter.

Related courses

  • History of Japanese Architecture
  • History of Modern Architecture

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Any conditions are not required for taking this course.

Other

Nothing.

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