University of Technology Sydney

11212 Architectural History and Theory: Orientations

Requisite(s): 11214c Spatial Communications 1
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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 question how contemporary practice echoes Renaissance and Baroque ideas.

The subject addresses continuing themes in architecture: tectonics, measure, scale, geometry and proportion; understandings of the primitive and the past; spatial politics – how things are achieved in structured systems of governance; the importance of writing and theorising from past sources; the relation to nature and the natural, urban order, symbolism, iconography and narrative. 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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