Advanced introduction to colonial and postcolonial architecture and urbanism of South Asia. Using methodologies of culture studies, covers 1800 to present, emphasizing the years since India's independence in 1947.
Unlike the official description, this class this year will concentrate almost entirely on Chandigarh, the fabled postcolonial city of modern India commissioned by Jawaharlal Nehru and designed by Le Corbusier. We will study the city in terms of its past and future.
Student learning goals
History of India
Indian philosophy and aesthetics
General method of instruction
Lecture and seminar discussion
Background in modern architecture. Prefer some background in Indian history.
Class assignments and grading
Research paper; 20 pages, double spaced (not including illustrations)
Class participation - 40% Paper draft - 20% Final paper - 40%