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Instructor Info:Gabriel Arboleda
Office Extension x5376
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 106
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 106
Description: The year 2014 marks fifty since the publication of Bernard Rudofsky's "Architecture Without Architects," a powerful statement about the role of culture and nature in architectural design. This intermediate level seminar studies the notions of nature and culture, their historical role in architectural discourse, and their relevance in contemporary discourse about green design. We will explore what has changed in architectural design theory and practice in connection to these two ideas since the publication of Rudofsky's manifesto. In a more general context, we will explore the notion that traditional building is by default "green," a key assumption in the discourse of green design and culture. Specific topics for discussion include: What is the relationship between culture and nature when it comes to the built environment? What does canonical design literature understand as culture, nature, and sustainability? How important is culture in the connections between environment and building this literature makes? No previous background in architectural design or theory is required for this course.