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A Global History of Architecture - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Learn about humanity’s rich architectural history on this journey around the globe – from 100,000 BCE to ca. 1,600 CE.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Il meglio This course changed my perspective of looking at history as a boring lengthy subject. The professor's way of teaching the subject kept the entire course very interesting and light. The content was crisp, precise yet detailed. I loved the entire duration of this course and open up the archived material whenever i come across familiar topics. It was an amazing learning experience and wish for further continuations of this course!

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Corso realizzato: Ottobre 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

Il meglio This course has taught me how Cultures impacted Architecture and also why it is important to preserve the buildings . It has also made me realize that we look at and embrace architecture as it ultimately represents who we are through materials, shapes and colors to qualities as subtlety, strength and intelligence.

Da migliorare Everything OK.

Corso realizzato: Novembre 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

Il meglio What an interesting course. A bit hard to understand where it is going at first, but then it become so fascinating. The teacher is so passionate, wish I had one like this at some point in my education.

Da migliorare Nothing bad.

Corso realizzato: Settembre 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

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Architecture Design


How do we understand architecture? One way of answering this question is by looking through the lens of history, beginning with First Societies and extending to the 16th century. This course in architectural history is not intended as a linear narrative, but rather aims to provide a more global view, by focusing on different architectural "moments." How did the introduction of iron in the ninth century BCE impact regional politics and the development of architecture? How did new religious formations, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, produce new architectural understandings? What were the architectural consequences of the changing political landscape in northern Italy in the 14th century? How did rock-cut architecture move across space and time from West Asia to India to Africa? How did the emergence of corn impact the rise of religious and temple construction in Mexico? Each lecture analyzes a particular architectural transformation arising from a dynamic cultural situation. Material covered in lectures will be supplemented by readings from the textbook A Global History of Architecture. Join us on a journey around the globe and learn how architecture has developed and interacted with the world’s culture, religion, and history.

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Mark Jarzombek Mark Jarzombek is Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at MIT where he also serves as Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. He studied at the University of Chicago, the ETH in Zurich, and obtained his PhD in the History of Architecture from MIT in 1986. He started his teaching career at Cornell University, and joined the MIT faculty in 2005.