Spring 2020

W 9-12 in SUT 2.110 
ARC 342R, ARC 388
Instructor: Dr. Anthony Alofsin, FAIA
For advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in historical research in any field throughout the university.  This course is not intended to fulfill the University’s undergraduate writing component. A knowledge of the history of modern architecture is preferable but not required. Maximum Class size: 15
Course Format:
Cities throughout history have been lenses for studying the history of architecture.  This research intensive seminar will look at the arrival and transformation of modern architecture in New York City from 1900 to 1968. Its themes consider, among other topics, the intersection of tradition versus modernity, Americanism versus Eurocentrism, and technology versus stylistic image.  Students will make weekly class presentations and pursue a major term-long research project, the topic of which will be chosen in consultation with the instructor. Paralleling the students’ research, the instructor will discuss his own case studies of New York and modern architecture.
Educational Objectives:
By using the city as a lens cultural, social, and political forces become inseparable from the role architecture plays in civic and domestic life.  Pedagogical goals include creating transcultural research methods and rigorous structuring of research agendas as well as the development of critical thinking, articulation of ideas, and exposition of logical arguments.  

Grades will be based on class attendance, participation and quizzes; (thirty percent); assigned projects (seventy-percent). Class participation is obligatory to receive an optimal grade.  In the case of group projects, students should discuss any particular concepts about credit for work with the instructor during the semester. Pluses and minus will be used with letter grades as permitted by University rules.  See syllabus for updated details.
Special accommodations:
At the beginning of the semester, students with disabilities who need special accommodations should notify the instructor by presenting a letter prepared by the Services for Students with Disabilities Office. To ensure that the most appropriate accommodations can be provided, students should contact the SSD Office at 471-6259 or 471-4641 TTY