History of World Architecture 2: Lecture
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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: PLSD 2326
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Architectural History, Theory & Criticism
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
In History of World Architecture II, various buildings, urban schemes, landscapes and other architectural subjects from 1650 to the present are considered in relation to their aesthetic, cultural, social, and political contexts at the time of their construction and in their later reappraisals by historians and designers. In addition to providing a survey of prominent (as well as some obscure but significant) architectural designs and currents, the course will investigate projects’ relevance to contemporary practice and discourse. In looking at the different interpretations and uses of these historical objects and concepts over time, we will begin to outline a place for history in architectural design and, similarly, uses of architecture in the writing of history. Weekly lectures will be followed by recitations, and students will be asked to investigate particular architectural examples independently through writing and drawing exercises. Midterm and final exams will be administered. Pathway: Spatial Design Studies
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Bachelors in Architectural Design, Integrated Design and Interior Design majors; others by permission of the School of Art and Design History and Theory. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. Co-requisite(s): PLSD 2327 Recitation


Open to Undergraduate students.