Theory of Architectural Form
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Architecture
Course Number: PGAR 5123
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Theory of Architectural Form is intended to introduce graduate students in architecture to the key debates and theoretical writings that have influenced the discipline since the 1960’s and to examine theory in its historical context. The class will present theories that emerged as discourses in the ‘West’ after 1966. The course will explore a range of parallel contemporary theoretical topics, ranging from globalization and digital practices to the “new subjects” of history: feminism, post-colonialism, cosmopolitanism and so on. While the class concentrates on writings since 1966 to offer a more complete picture of contemporary theory, a number of earlier texts will be addressed insofar as they are necessary for a more complete discussion of contemporary theory.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): none. Open to: Masters Degree in Architecture Majors and Masters Degree in Architecture and Lighing Design Dual Degree Majors Only; Others by permission.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Architecture/Lighting Design students.

Open to Architecture students.