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ARCH 572 – Architectural Theory & Criticism


Drawing on key texts of architectural criticism, as well as from philosophy, literature, and a range of other theories (critical, media, art, and economic), this course establishes a framework for thinking about architecture that can be understood through both internal (disciplinary) concerns and external (cultural) conditions. Topics covered in the course (ACTS' 18) include studying the conceptual structure of architecture  problematics (Plato's Cave, Heidegger’s Hut, Foucault’s Prison, among others) as well as contemporary problems such as buildings, justice, form, and development.


Lecture: Wed 2:00-4:00pm 2104 A&AB

Discussion sections will be held on Wednesdays in 1 hour blocks from 4:00-6:00pm.

Please do not schedule any courses during that two hour block (Wed 10am-12pm). Students will be placed in their discussion section at the beginning of the term.


John McMorrough


Course Brief