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Living in France, 1570-1970 (ARHI10057)


Architectural History





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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 Architecture, Architectural History and/or History of Art courses, at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that Architectural History courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any Architectural History course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Architecture department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course probes the history of domestic architecture in France between 1570 and 1970, emphasizing the shifts in patterns of uses of space, the introduction of new technology, architectural and design theory, and the ability of architects to respond to questions of cultural and socioeconomic importance through a consideration of the major structures and primary documents along with prevailing secondary literature.

Course Description

In this Honours course you will consider the primary developments in French housing and domestic architecture between the late sixteenth century and the late twentieth century, along with the many significant primary texts and visual material associated with them. Its approach that intensively focuses on a specific topic in one country invites you to relate and distinguish the various building paradigms invented and extended to address the continuing age-old question of how to successfully design the primary spaces for living and their effects on national and regional identities. In your exploration of phenomena such as the country château, the royal palace, the Haussmannian apartment building, the urban hôtel, the modernist villa, the high-rise housing block, and the artist's cottage, you will seek to define what it has meant to create a distinctly French place to live in an ever-shifting set of political, socioeconomic, environmental, and material contexts, and become familiar with the scholarly perspectives identified with them as outlined by key historians in the field.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 60%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 0%

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