A Global History of Architecture — Part 1 | MITx on edX | Course About Video

A Global History of Architecture — Part 1 | MITx on edX | Course About Video



architecture shapes our culture our identities our way of life and even our understanding of the cosmos it continues to shape our current reality just as it shaped our reality for thousands of years to know who we are today he requires that we know who we work for as William Faulkner once said the past is never dead it's not even past some buildings are admittedly in ruins or have disappeared altogether but buildings have amazing longevity even buildings that are hundreds and thousands of years old can still serve as living elements in our culture we no longer build pyramids of course but the pyramids are certainly a permanent element in our cultural imagination in this course I've picked out some important moments in history of architecture that if you begin to add them together constitute a global perspective / Society still exists in many part of the world we as modern and agriculturalists our history is only five thousand years the buildings that talk about place architecture in the dynamics of history someone had to make the first pyramid someone had to design the first church for the Buddhist temple someone had even to designed the first teepee architectural history is filled with moments of transition and innovation brought on by changes in power religion trade ecology and techniques of production we will start with the architecture of a first society ancestors some 150 thousand years ago and take the story to about 1400 ce2 the doorstep of our modern age but in all cases we're talking about buildings that shaped our identity in one way or another so the caves there these are not cave people they're not living in the caves the caves are theirs the sacred places of thoughtful discourse if you will with animals and ancestors I will cover some Billings that might be well known but just as many that might be new to you if you are coming to architectural history for the first time having visited many of these places myself over the years I want to try to bring some of the excitement of these buildings into the classroom as they are part of our global civilization or legacy in these lectures I try to give you the context of the buildings I would try to give you also the larger geopolitical story and frame architecture or within that I also try to explain how buildings function which is not just a question of how they are used but how buildings evoke or even modeled certain imaginaries which i think is an important part of how architecture works and why buildings are such exciting things to study


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