Taubman College

Course List

Term Fall 2010
Class ARCH 506
Class Title Architects of Culture
Description The course title is purposely equivocal. The phrase “Architecture of
Culture” can be read in two equally legitimate ways. First, it can be
understood as being concerned with designers who are the creators of
culture. In addition, it can also be read as being focused on those designers
who are created by culture. How you initially read this statement says a lot
about the manner in which you view the world and your position in it. By course end, we want to have students understand that question raised by the
deliberately uncertain meaning of the course title is that “Architecture of Culture” is not an either/or proposition, but a both/and one. As such, this course will explore the symbiotic relationship that exists between architects and society, specifically the reciprocal relationships between behavior, knowledge, social order and
the specific and particular design of the built environment. This course will ask the student to contemplate if the possibility of ethical behavior exists within the notions of professions in general and in particular, within the profession of architecture.
It can be argued that any understanding of ethical behavior is born out of
cultural values and beliefs, thus it is both long-established and in constant
flux. Using an investigation of what makes up our cultural values and
beliefs and further, how they manifest themselves in and through the built
environment, we will explore the reasons behind the establishment of
professions, in an effort to reveal the reciprocal relationship between design
professionals and the public.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets W 7:00-10:00pm 2213 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Craig Wilkins
Syllabus Arch506_005.pdf