University of Technology Sydney

11212 Architectural History and Theory: Orientations

6cp; Attendance on campus is mandatory - 2hpw (Lecture), 1hpw (Tutorial).
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 11172 Landscape History and Theory 1



The subject introduces key themes in the history and theory of architecture. Through a depth of study of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque, it will examine the way contemporary understandings of architecture have been developed. In this sense it looks back into ancient history through the eyes of Renaissance and Baroque architects and extends the trace of this understanding to the present.

Forums and tutorials investigate specific spatial practice addressing continuing themes in architecture through text and image. Themes include tectonics, measure, scale, geometry and proportion, understandings of ‘the primitive’ and ‘origins’, spatial politics in notions of ‘civic’ society and urbanity, theoretical approaches to architecture through image and text, architecture’s relation to nature and the natural, symbolism of forms, iconography and spatial narratives.

Assessment tasks investigate ideas from specific case studies through essay writing and analytical drawing in order to explore the visual and written dialogues developed between past and present.

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Autumn session, City campus

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