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Discovering New York City Architecture: A Foundation in Design, Theory, and Practice

Architecture is about the making of places where people spend their lives. Architects are concerned with not only the exterior and interior design of a building, but also the environment as a whole. This course, designed for students who are considering a career in architecture or design, introduces the theory and practice of architecture, from the ancient world through today, with emphasis on the Western tradition. Lectures, exercises, and workshops provide the knowledge to understand architectural products within their formal, structural, and functional contexts. Building on this foundation, the course then explores the physical and cultural determinants of architecture and the relationship of the architectural products to their environment. Tours that highlight Manhattan architecture will expose you to art deco splendor, Moorish Revival magnificence, and quintessential glass-curtain modernism.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of architectural products within their formal, structural, and functional contexts
  • An introduction to the theory and practice of architecture, from the ancient world through today

Ideal for

  • High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
  • High school students interested in a career in architecture or design

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