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Architecture of the World B-125
Mon/Wed 3:00 PM or Mon 6:00 PM or Tues/Thurs 2:00 PM
Instructor: Professor Mark Comeau, (860-215-9415), email MComeau@trcc.commnet.edu
Grade: Quizzes (5) 80% Final 10% Attendance 10% Research Project (Extra Credit)
The course offers a global perspective of buildings, their settings, and the dissemination of ideas about architecture from the late Neolithic period to the present. Particular attention is given to the relationships of architectural expression, meaning, and building technology and to issues arising when architectural traditions of one culture are imposed upon or otherwise adapted by another. Students will explore the impact of climate, economy, philosophy, social structure and technology on architecture by becoming familiar with some of the World’s major monuments in architectural history. The course also integrates the visual arts that paralleled each era, exploring the fundamental elements of each “movement” as illustrated through aesthetic expression.
Method: Visual Slide Presentation Accompanied by Lecture
Text: Comeau, Mark. Architecture of the World, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company, 2014.
ISBN 978-1-4652-4985-2 Buy the Book-click here
Course Visual Dictionary << (click to download)
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Establish chronological and thematic frameworks for the study of the World’s history through its architecture;
Create understanding and appreciation for cultures’ architecture from traditionalism to modernity;
Develop skills of description of formal and historical analysis and aesthetic evaluation.
Janson, H.W. and Anthony F. History of Art. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1991.
Stone, Irving. The Agony and the Ecstasy. New York: Doubleday. 1961.
This is optional, see Professor Comeau for details.
Students can select from three different projects available on the Professor’s website (link above).
Unit 9 Late Renaissance
Europe and the Americas
Unit 10 Early American Colonial
Growth in a New World
Units 11/12 Iron & Glass & Chicago School
Impacts of the Industrial Age
Unit 13 The Modern Movement
Function, Expressionism, and the Abstract
Unit 14/15Antoni Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright
Unit 16 The Skyscraper Race
New York and Corporate Expression
Unit 17 Post Modernism
Classicism Meets Modernism
Unit 18 The Age of Information
Trends and Issues Today
Research Project < click
Unit 1 The Egyptian Kingdom
Ancient & Pre-Classical Architecture
Unit 2 Mycenae and the Aegean
Unit 3 Ancient Greece
The Mediterranean’s Democracy
Unit 4 The Roman Empire
The Mediterranean’s Empire
Unit 5 Byzantium
After the Empire: The Church
Unit 6 Gothic
Medieval Life and the “Village”
Unit 7 Italian Renaissance
The Human Spirit in Italy
Unit 8 Renaissance Masters