Undergraduate Course: Living in France, 1570-1970 (ARHI10057)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course probes the history of domestic architecture in France between 1570 and 1970, emphasizing the shifts in patterns of uses of space, the introduction of new technology, architectural and design theory, and the ability of architects to respond to questions of cultural and socioeconomic importance through a consideration of the major structures and primary documents along with prevailing secondary literature.
In this Honours course you will consider the primary developments in French housing and domestic architecture between the late sixteenth century and the late twentieth century, along with the many significant primary texts and visual material associated with them. Its approach that intensively focuses on a specific topic in one country invites you to relate and distinguish the various building paradigms invented and extended to address the continuing age-old question of how to successfully design the primary spaces for living and their effects on national and regional identities. In your exploration of phenomena such as the country château, the royal palace, the Haussmannian apartment building, the urban hôtel, the modernist villa, the high-rise housing block, and the artist's cottage, you will seek to define what it has meant to create a distinctly French place to live in an ever-shifting set of political, socioeconomic, environmental, and material contexts, and become familiar with the scholarly perspectives identified with them as outlined by key historians in the field.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students should normally have passed at least 60 credits of Architectural History or History of Art/History courses at Level 8. If the pre-requisites cannot be met, entry to this course can be negotiated in consultation with either the Course Organiser or Programme Director (Architectural History).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Students should already have passed a course with an essay-based assessment component.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment 1: (40% of the student's term mark) You will complete a weekly reading diary of roughly 250 words that engages the topics covered in the weekly programme and demonstrates your ability to critically examine the texts assigned for each week.
Assessment 2: (60% of the student's term mark) A two-hour exam, wherein students are requested to answer two essay questions out of a choice of seven relating to the course content.
Formative assessment: Each student will present one reading to the entire class (once a semester). The presentation will (1) summarise the content of the article or chapter, (2) introduce to the class who the author is and his/her stake and interest in the subject matter, and (3) critically assess the argument and methods used in the text, ideally providing questions to serve as jumping-off points for the discussion with the entire class that will follow the presentation. The instructor will provide written feedback to each student within one week of each presentation with comments and suggestions for improvement.
||You will be given written feedback on both the presentation that you give in class as well as the reading diary.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Differentiate the major structures, architects, and movements in housing and domestic design in France between 1570 and 1970
- Critically assess the underlying sociocultural forces behind the shifts in French domestic architecture appropriate to specific building types
- Evaluate several key nodes of interchange in architectural thought and practice between architects and urbanists working in France (and potentially elsewhere)
- Articulate a critical perspective on key primary and secondary texts addressing the architecture of domestic spaces in France
|+ Benton, Tim. The Villas of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Basel/Boston: Birkhäuser, 2007.|
+ Curtis, William. Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms. Oxford: Phaidon, 1986.
+ Loyer, François. Paris Nineteenth Century: Architecture and Urbanism. trans. Charles Clark. New York: Abbeville Press, 1988.
+ Loyer, François, and Hélène Guéné. Henri Sauvage: Les Immeubles Gradins = Set Back Houses. Brussels: Mardaga, 1987.
+ Viollet-le-duc, Eugène-Emmanuel. How to Build a House. trans. Benjamin Bucknall. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Steele, 1874.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will be able to show readiness to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in the subject.
Students will be able to communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists about the topic.
Students will identify areas where change and development and/or new thinking in this field could be made.
|Course organiser||Dr Peter Clericuzio
Tel: (0131 6)50 2331
|Course secretary||Miss Fanny To
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773