Overview of Course
On our “European and Asian Adventure” from Amsterdam to Tokyo, we will confront a vast array of architectural styles and urban environments, such as the Catalan modernism of Barcelona, the Classical Greek architecture of Athens, the Victorian Gothic buildings of Mumbai, and the Beaux-Arts and Art Deco “Bund” district of Shanghai, to name but a few. This course will focus on the major buildings and monuments on our itinerary, as well as on the development and growth of cities in each country or region. We will pay particular attention to the context in which buildings are created and how they can contribute—or not—to their larger urban setting. We will look at how religion, economics, politics, and technology can influence architectural design and urban planning. Other important issues such as stylistic tradition, purpose, patronage, and ideology will also be considered. By the end of the semester, students will have developed the skills to meaningfully consider how all these factors play an integral part in the design of buildings and in the planning of broader urban spaces. Upon returning home, students will be able to apply those same skills to their own urban environments.