ANTHRCUL 258 - Honors Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 001 Deprovincializing Europe: Architects and Public Culture
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Enforced Prerequisites:
LSA Honors.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Honors students with sophomore standing or above.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is about both architectural constructions in Europe and architectural conceptions of Europe. We start with the premise that the architects whose works have received major public attention and acclaim have been significantly inspired by ideas about 20th and 21st century Europe as a geographical and cultural region. We will consider the creations of trendsetting European architects, both past and present, and of those non-European architects responsible for some of the most recognizable and symbolically important buildings in the European community. Attention will also be paid to recipients of the bi-annual European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award, as indicative of the kind of structures that the Union, its member states and the jury wish to encourage. Our approach will incorporate the concept of narrative, the idea being that architects are storytellers par excellence, whose creations embody the kinds of tales that they seek to tell to convince sponsors, clients, governments, agencies, and ultimately mass publics. We will begin with anthropological conceptions of architecture seen through the lens of the house, the common space, the community; before moving on to examine the larger-scope productions of important architects such as Antoni Gaudi, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Rem Koolhaas, David Adjaye, Richard Meier, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Jean Nouvel, among others, as well as the contemporary but lesser known EU award recipients. Requirements will include weekly 2-3 page commentaries on reading and discussion, a take-home midterm exam, and a final project (group or individual).

ANTHRCUL 258 - Honors Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
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001 (SEM)
W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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