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Postgraduate Course: The Home and the City: France 1570-1970 (ARHI11015)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course probes the history and historiography 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.
Course description In this PG 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. The course's intensive focus 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 these phenomena.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the major structures, architects, and movements in housing and domestic design in France between 1570 and 1970.
  2. Outline and describe in depth the underlying sociocultural forces behind the shifts in French domestic architecture appropriate to specific building types.
  3. Critically engage with diverse textual, visual, and built sources, revising the terms of debate as established in key literature.
  4. Assess several key nodes of interchange in architectural thought and practice between architects and urbanists working in different geographic locations.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
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 demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking in this field.
Course organiserDr Peter Clericuzio
Tel: (0131 6)50 2331
Course secretaryMr Aidan Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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