Fatma Ozge Sade Mete
Instructor-initiated and department-approved systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Topics vary and are announced in preceding quarter.
Globalization of architecture and urbanism is often defined in relation to the independence of the economic activities from national borders and the growing impact of communication technologies in the last two decades. However, the dynamics of globalization cannot be understood thoroughly unless the global impact of modernism since the late 19th century is analyzed. This seminar provides an in depth analysis of modern architectures in the world from the late 19th century to today in relation to the cultural and political contexts of particular regions. Challenging the commonsense definitions of modernism as a product of the West only, the seminar suggests a revised understanding of modernism as a global phenomenon, through in depth discussions of architecture and urbanism in East Asia, South Asia, The Middle East, Africa, Europe and North and South America.
This seminar suggests that it is important that architects, urban planners and landscape architects look beyond climatic and technical solutions, and develop intellectual perspectives on the cultural and historical particularities of different regions in order to create sustainable places that the users could participate, transform and recreate. It provides a forum for interdisciplinary discussions among students from various disciplines on the global impact of modernism and its influence in shaping of contemporary cities.
Student learning goals
At the end of this course, students will gain perspectives to understand the globalized architectural scene beyond the conventional Eurocentric conceptions that defined different contexts in generic terms.
They will gain knowledge of modern architecture beyond the European and North American contexts
Students will learn the historical background that led to today's globalized architectural and urban scene, which they are going to be a part of after they graduate.
Through the interdisciplinary discussions, students will develop insights on approaching design in particular cultural contexts
They will be able to reflect on their design projects the intellectual perspective gained in this class
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion
Class assignments and grading