NYC: Architecture
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLAH 1053
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Architectural History, Theory & Criticism
  • Architecture
  • Urban Environment
This course functions as an introduction to architectural history and criticism and as a history of the built environment of New York City. Students will explore approaches to understanding the meanings and aesthetics of built space through close analysis and exploration of historical context. The class will trace the development of the city as understood through its constructed environment from European contact in the 17th century to the present, with a particular focus on the intensive expansion of the city’s architectural infrastructure between roughly 1850 and 1970. The course will treat architectural movements, urban planning, technologies of construction and transportation, the development of neighborhoods, the design and construction of urban parks, memorialization, and issues of class and race, immigration, and global trade on patterns of urban life, among other topics. Class field trips and individual site reports will be integral to the course. Pathway: Art History
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only.


Open to Undergraduate students.