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BE: History and Culture (11016.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment

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  • Winter Term, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (191832) - View
  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (184269) - View

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Syllabus

This unit explores selected major building types across various civilizations with particular focus on typological transformation in reference to issues that concern the cultural, technical, material and territorial. The unit provides both general and particular knowledge essential for the realization of architecture across the history of diverse geographies. Among other issues, this unit will attempt to communicate cultural identity through the ways that spaces are formed and surfaces are decorated; how a particular technical innovation and socio-cultural transformation initiated a division between design and construction, but also contributed to the emergence of concepts such as national identity and heritage.

Reading selected literature relevant to each weekly topic, and examining building types through drawings and models, students will enhance their knowledge of how cultural appropriation of space, form and surface attains built-form.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain the interconnectivity between culture, form, space, in various building types, from small to large scale projects;

2. Distinguish and categorise architecture across various periods of history;

3. Analyse and explain the organization of a particular building type in reference to function, structure, and cultural nuances; and

4. Make recommendations for modifications to certain building types drawing on a range of established theoretical positions and ideas.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of on-campus lectures and workshops per week.

Prerequisites

None.

Corequisites

None.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Incompatible Units

None.

Equivalent Units

9483 Design History and 9774 History & Theory 1: Introduction to Architecture History.



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