The course History of architecture 1 concerns the study of architecture and city through history and the study of history of architectural techniques in the western world, from antiquity up to the 18th century. The course analyses the main historiographical tendencies, the architectural theories, the formal, spatial and typological expressions, building and structural aspects and the intricate symbolical values which characterize historical buildings, starting from a reflection on the different methods of investigation and interpretation conceived each time and their changes over time.
The discipline, at the beginning of the academic training, aims on one hand to increase and organize the knowledge on the most important buildings and on the main chapters of the history of architecture of the western world from antiquity to the 18th century, paying a particular attention to the issues of the study course, which consider these as essential knowledges for the cultural and critical education of an architect. On the other side the course provides, applying those knowledge, the acquisition of a specific method and useful tools for research and critical analysis of the investigated phenomena.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
Students are expected to reach at the end of the course and the final exams, the following results: to recognize the main monuments and collocate them in their specific historical context; to use the proper architectural vocabulary above all in descriptions; to be able to establish relations between building system, typology and historical context; to evaluate and interpret the acquired data and information, which are all preliminary actions to the production of an independent opinion on the studied architects and buildings.
The course offers an overview of the History of Architecture in the Western world from classical antiquity to the beginning of the XVIII century. The aim is to provide the students with the tools necessary to carry on their studies.
The course will approach Architecture History with an almost “scientific” method, and students will develop rigorous and flexible analysis skills.
The class will focus on investigating some of the most important topics in Architecture from Ancient Greece to the beginning of the 18th century in Europe and North America.
The developments of Architecture History will be looked at in chronological order. Through the analysis of buildings by different architects the class will examine issues such as the continuity of some architectural typologies, the relationship between patrons and architects, the circulation of ideas and artists, sketches, notes, the role of preexistent buildings, the construction techniques : all fundamental issues for the understanding of the main developments and changes in architecture. Particular attention will be devoted to the role of architectural drawing and its relationship with painting and sculpture throughout the centuries.
Besides lectures “ex cathedra”, there will be site visits in Milan, sessions dedicated to drawing and photographs and video shooting, as well as conferences and debates, to which scholars will take part. A debate will be organized upon the idea of culture today, and on the cultural identity of Milan.
Attendance to all activities is strongly recommended.
Modalità di valutazione
There will be an oral and individual final exam at the end of the term, which will test the students’ knowledge and understanding of the material covered in class and the assigned reading, as well as their ability to apply such knowledge, communicate it - also with schematic drawings - and form their own critical opinion on the subject.
Besides the readings here indicated, additional ones will be assigned throughout the semester. A “dossier” with the detailed program of the lectures and the complete bibliography and a selection of the materials presented - both texts and images - will be sent at the beginning of the semester to all students.
David Watkin, A History of Western Architecture, Editore: Watson-Guptill Publications, Anno edizione: 2000, ISBN: 9780823022748
James S. Ackerman, Origins, Imitation, Conventions: Representation in the Visual Arts, Editore: The MIT Press, Anno edizione: 2002, ISBN: 978-0262011860
Tipo Forma Didattica
Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese