Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 1 (ARHI08005)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course surveys the history of British, European and American architecture, from Greek antiquity to the present day. Semester 1 starts with Greek and Roman architecture, the architecture of the Middle Ages and the first great re-evaluation of Antiquity in the Italian Renaissance.
It goes on to survey the Renaissance in Britain and northern Europe and the subsequent influence of the Italian Baroque in these areas. Later, the dialogue between developments and ideas in these countries and their respective responses to Antiquity form the focal point of Semester 1, with an examination of the theoretical, cultural and stylistic aspects of the architecture of the Enlightenment.
Semester 2 opens with a survey of the stylistic revivals that dominated architecture in the early nineteenth century and focuses in particular on the 'Battle of the Styles' in Britain. It also introduces the apparently contradictory theme of modernity in architecture and discusses the nineteenth century development of new and more sophisticated typologies along with the new materials and technologies that made this possible. The revivalist and the modern are also discussed in terms of the conflict between industrial and anti-industrial that saw the architectural technology of the Crystal Palace juxtaposed with the emergence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The course traces the complex ideas that lie behind the emergence of Modernism in the early decades of the 20th century. It concludes with lectures on the revision of Modernism in the 1950's and 60's and the recent emergence of a Post-modern consciousness. Throughout the course the technologies of building and the emergence of the architectural profession are recurring themes. Excursions into the related fields of landscape architecture and urban design necessarily appear from time to time.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 66,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2X1500/2000 word essay @ 25% each = 50%
2 tutorial presentations with submitted presentation notes @ 10% each = 20%
2x2 hour examinations @ 15% each = 30%.
Students must attempt every element/component of the course.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Architectural History 1 Paper 1||2:00|
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Architectural History 1 Paper 2||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Architectural History 1 Paper 1||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Architectural History 1 Paper 2||2:00|
| - Knowledge of the history of European and aspects of non-European architecture from antiquity to the present day.
- An awareness of the relationship between architecture and other aspects of culture, in particular visual culture.
- An awareness of the wider social, political, and economic context in which architecture is created
- An understanding of the way different cultures approach similar architectural problems
- A knowledge and understanding of the built environment of the present day and how it developed in order that intelligent and informed contributions can be made to the current debates on architecture
- Knowledge of the specialist language of architecture
- Some ability in the critical and comparative analysis of buildings
- Familiarity with the methodology and vocabulary of scholarship and criticism in the field of architecture
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Plus a weekly tutorial
|Course organiser||Dr Alex Bremner
Tel: (0131 6)50 2320
|Course secretary||Mrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802
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