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Course Detail

Term Fall 2017
Class ARCH 509
Class Title Encountering China as Architectural Object, Theory, and Method
Description China's unprecedented scale of infrastructure construction and urban real estate development have made the country the focus of global architecture and urbanism in the 21st century. For two decades, global firms have discovered China as an enthusiastic client and market for design commissions that some have even gone so far as to call an architectural tabula rasa, free from many of the conceptual and legal constraints faced elsewhere. However, a clear site for building is never a simple spatial given, but a social condition only made possible by social and geographic distance. While most foreign commissions constitute a thin encounter with a technical program, this course develops the tools necessary to engage China as a deep site, in dialogue with domestic cultural traditions, aesthetics, and social philosophies to inform creative practice.

In the course, students will develop the framework and vocabulary to engage and evaluate planning proposals and designed projects in dialogue both with China's intellectual traditions and its contemporary experience of socio-cultural and spatial transformation. Further, this course seeks to take seriously Chinese methods and theories as alternatives to dominant global discourses and resources for design application to global environmental and social design challenges.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Mondays 9:00am-12:00pm East Review
Credits 3
Faculty Thomson
Syllabus Arch509_F17_handout_EncounteringChina.pdf