East Asian Arch and Urbanism (Modern) (ARCH9064)


The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to architecture and urbanism in East Asia during the modern era - with an emphasis upon modern Japan from the Meiji period to the present. It explores particularly the relationship between architecture and the city during this period; and the relationship between built form and cultural traditions, design responses to outside influences, and similarities and differences between countries. Work of selected architects is highlighted. An important aim of the unit is to enable participants to be more critical of their own design values and viewpoints as shaped by their own cultures. On successful completion of the program, students will have extended their understanding of the history and theory of architecture and urbanism in the East Asian cultural realm - by way of critical assignments, class discussions and presentations. They will have demonstrated an understanding: - of built forms in the context of regional philosophical and cultural foundations; - of the ongoing influence of design traditions in contemporary built form; - of major themes in the history of architecture and urbanism in modern East Asia, particularly Japan.

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Lectures 2 hrs/wk


Minor assignment, class presentation and major assignment (report) totalling (100%)

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