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A Global History of Architecture

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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Rating 4.9 based on 11 ratings
Length 12 weeks
Effort 7 - 9 hours per week
Starts Sep 24 (8 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor Mark Jarzombek
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Language English
Subjects Humanities
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Architecture was a completely new area to me and at the beginning I was somewhat daunted by the prospect of tackling this after being out of education for many years.

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Professor Jarzombek is an excellent lecturer and I found myself eagerly looking forward to the next lecture.

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very clear and good I had no prior experience with architecture (though quite a lot with history, sociology and philosophy) and I really only enrolled to be my husband's study- buddy while he was taking it, but absolutely loved the course.

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The course itself is categorized as “architecture” but in putting each subject into context Professor Jarzombek also does an excellent job in providing insight into the history of mankind.

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Rating 4.9 based on 11 ratings
Length 12 weeks
Effort 7 - 9 hours per week
Starts Sep 24 (8 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MITx via edX
Instructor Mark Jarzombek
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities
Tags History Architecture

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