The Architectural Imagination


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This course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of architecture, encompassing its cultural significance, technical accomplishments, and the interplay between the two. Through engaging discussions and practical exercises involving drawing and modeling, you will gain insight into the work of architects and historians.

The initial part of the course delves into the concept of the architectural imagination, exploring perspective drawing, architectural typology, and the challenges inherent in writing architectural history.

Next, we explore the role of technology in architecture. You will discover how innovative technologies can enable new aesthetic experiences or disrupt long-standing traditions. Technological advancements have not only expanded the realm of possibilities in construction but also broadened the very definition of architecture itself.

Lastly, we delve into the intricate relationship between architecture and its social and historical contexts, as well as its connection to its audiences, achievements, and aspirations. You will learn about architecture’s capacity for representation and its ability to shape collective meaning and memory.

Architecture stands as one of the most complex and globally recognized cultural practices, encompassing academic study and professional careers. Its production involves navigating various technical, aesthetic, political, and economic considerations within a given society. Join us as we explore how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s multifaceted aspirations.

Additionally, this course is eligible for American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education units (CEUs). Enroll now to explore the options for earning credits.

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