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Class Schedule Listing - 2021 Spring (Jul 25, 2024)


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Introduction to Japanese Architectural History - 43840 - ARTH 2800 - 802
Notes: An extra media fee of 4,500 yen is required. Field trips are mandatory in this class. Topical Section Description: Japan’s architecture and its cityscapes evoke endless fascination: how to understand the Zen teahouse next to the neon Seven-Eleven or an elegant Shinto shrine in the midst of Shibuya Crossing? Japan’s contemporary built environment is a result of a rich and complex history. This class will introduce the student to the history of Japanese architecture and urbanism. We will examine individual buildings and urban landscapes, considering the historic, economic, socio-political, geographic and technological forces that have shaped the built environment of Japan from the earliest structures to the seismic resistant skyscrapers of today. The course will proceed chronologically with a focus on certain themes such as the aesthetics of Zen, issues of craftsmanship, traditional materials and ecology, the legacy of Meiji era “westernization,” and Modernist interpretations of traditional architecture and urban forms. The course will examine the varied international influences on, and of, Japanese architecture, from Imperial China to Frank Lloyd Wright to the many "star" architects (Maki, Ito, SANAA, Ban, Kuma etc.) working internationally today. The course will consist of lectures, group discussion and on-site classes in and around Tokyo.

Associated Term: 2021 Spring
Registration Dates: Nov 01, 2020 to Jan 21, 2021
Registration Levels: Graduate, NonDegree Continuing Undergrad, Undergraduate

Japan Campus
Base Lecture Schedule Type
Classroom In-Person Instructional Method
Credit Hours: 4.000

Seats Available: 21

Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Class 1:40 pm - 3:40 pm TR Online CLSRM Jan 18, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021 Base Lecture Deanna H MacDonald (P)E-mail

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