A Global History of Architecture


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How can we grasp the concept of architecture? Exploring its historical context, starting from the earliest human societies up to the 16th century, offers one approach to answering this question. Rather than presenting a linear account, this course on architectural history aims to provide a broader perspective by highlighting significant architectural “moments.”

What effects did the introduction of iron in the ninth century BCE have on regional politics and architectural progress? How did the emergence of Buddhism and Hinduism contribute to the formation of new architectural concepts? In what ways did the evolving political landscape in northern Italy during the 14th century shape architectural outcomes? How did rock-cut architecture traverse regions and eras, spreading from West Asia to India and Africa? Lastly, how did the cultivation of corn influence the construction of religious structures and temples in Mexico?

Each lecture examines a specific architectural transformation that emerged from a dynamic cultural context. Join us on a captivating journey across the world and explore the evolution of architecture, its interactions with various cultures, religions, and historical events.

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