BRYN MAWR COLLEGE, Growth & Structure of Cities Program
City 255. Survey of American Architecture
Fall 2005, T, Th 2:30-4:00, Carpenter B25


Course Calendar

 


 resources  Th  
 I. Finding Now: Responses to Contemporary American Architecture
     22 jan
 
  assig1: respond to one of four recent buildings, 3-4 pp.
   
[Bettws-y-Coed] [bc]
[Ward] [fac]
[Whitehead, HC] [DSA] [Koshland]
 

 29 jan
  assig1

* intro, malleable plan
* survey, approaches
* basics: three trinities, architectural roles, drawings

 ||||assig2: begin text reading, in pieces till 18 Mar., w/ intermediate reports by 12 and 26 Feb.

assig3: respond to other recents, 3-4 pp.

[project bldgs
[SAHie: US Survey]
 

 5 feb
 assig3.

* discuss writings, types of comment, interest, intelligibility for reader
* Contextualizing buildings in time. architectural portrait of our time? contemporary dialogue in these?
* more basics: (finding lit, dates, canon, non-archt,. . .)

 assig2a, rdg rpt.

  assig4: contemp crit, cites and speaking points.

     

 12 feb
 assig2a, rdg rpt.
  assig4

* reading queries?
* discussion of criticism.

||||assig5: keys to moment, 4-5 pp., and for presentations, beginning 26 Feb.
   
 
 

 19 feb

* visit? IS? ...

 assig2b, rdg rpt.
     

 26 feb
assig2b, rdg rpt.
assig5

* assig5 presentations

||||assig6, period explort'ns:
6a. begin to collect datable building images, 6-10 by 18 March.
6b. pairs prep period present'ns
   

 4 mar

* more assig5 presentations

 assig2c, last rdg rpt.
||||assig7a. non-presenters:
Read scholarly articles, period writings, on 1970-90, for 18 Mar.
sprg brk    
 II. Seeing Then: Past Architecture on its Terms
   

 18 mar
assig2c, final rdg rpt.
assig7a. scholarly articles, period writings, on 1970-90.
 

* present 1970-90, discuss period readings, dated buildings.

 ||||assig7b. non-presenters:
Read scholarly articles, period writings, on next period.
   

 25 mar
 ||assig7b. scholarly articles, period writings

* present 1950-65, discuss period readings, dated buildings.

 ||||assig7b. non-presenters period readings
   

 1 apr
 ||assig7b. scholarly articles, period writings

* present 1890-1930, discuss period readings, dated buildings.

 ||||assig7b. non-presenters period readings

Sat or Sun a.m. walking tour.

   

 8 apr
 ||assig7b. scholarly articles, period writings

* present 1845-90, discuss period readings, dated buildings.

 assig8: type, sibs, cult, for 5-6 pp. paper, initial parti, notes, thoughts on examples in 2 pp., for 13 Apr.
 
 
 

 15 apr (X: resched. for Mon., 13th or Tues., 14th)
assig8. paper parti

* discuss assig8 schemes.

||||assig7b. non-presenters period readings

(jc at sah, Providence,14th-18th)

   

 22 apr
 ||assig7b. scholarly articles, period writings

* present 1790-1840, discuss period readings, dated buildings.

 ||||assig7b. non-presenters period readings

Sat or Sun a.m. walking tour.

   

 29 apr, last class
 ||assig7b. scholarly articles, period writings

* present 1620-1790, discuss period readings, dated buildings.

 3-14 may, exam 

(jc at vaf, Harrisburg, 12th - 15th)

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