Architectures of the Mediterranean: Buildings, Landscapes, Cities (field lab in Marseille)

Discipline: Architectural History
Instructor: Nelson
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1045
End: 1200
Field Work: Day 1 - Marseille - Saturday, 3 August | France Download Syllabus

This introductory course examines critical moments in the history of architecture along the Mediterranean rim. The class is an investigation of the relationships of architectures, peoples, and places in history. Themes will include architecture and power, identity, religion, empire, the transmission of ideas, building cultures, and the challenges of preservation and interpretation.

Field Work

Country: France
Day: 1 - Marseille - Saturday, 3 August

This field lab will be held on site in the region surrounding Nimes, France. The day will be spent examining architecture as evidence of the region’s long history as a cross-roads. We will begin by examining the Roman Pont-du-Gard, just north of the city. Then in Nimes, we will visit and examine the Maison Carree, the Amphitheatre, and other sites. From Nimes, we travel to the medieval walled city of Aigues-Mortes to examine that city’s role in the crusades.  Academic Objectives:

  1. Examine a Roman town
  2. Examine the relationship between architecture and Empire
  3. Examine Medieval architecture and the crusades