Histories of Architecture
Contributions from Kim Förster, Angela Connelly, Stephen Walker, José Hidalgo Arellano, Richard Brook, Richard Morton, Alan Lewis, Leandro Minuchin, Helen Iball.
This year saw the return of Histories of Architecture, our alternative to the traditional survey course which addresses multiple histories of our discipline. Each contribution addresses a significant theme, covering ‘an architectural history of…’ the vernacular; materials; climate; architectural history; spirituality; metaphor; the body; computing; futures; health; class; towers; and feminisms.
Students respond to these themes with their own research, producing essays which delve further into one of the topics. One aim of this is to develop core research methods in humanities which can be applied elsewhere in the programme. Critical thinking is essential to the discussion of architecture, and architectural histories are one of the key places to develop this.