The course. CON E 101, New GE course Part of new degree program Catalog description:.
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Cultural context of construction, emphasizing its centrality in the evolution and expansion of built environments as expressions of ethical and historical value systems. Relationship between culture, geography, construction materials, and built expressions of cultural legacy. Interdependence of built environment and society.
This class is not about how things are built, it’s about why, and what happens afterwards.
Video readings augment the text with a more engaging medium. Sufficient content is available for frequent interaction.Video “Readings”
Blogs ladder to a final project analyzing a structure.
We cannot ask ‘What?’ in the presence of any architectural feature without also asking ‘Why?’… If we ask the reason why, we are brought at once to the study of the constructional facts.
Not infrequently men have hit upon new methods of construction in endeavoring to meet utilitarian necessities, and these new methods have stimulated new artistic expressions.
Mechanical invention and aesthetic feel were never separated in the minds of the Gothic builders… The Gothic movement, though wonderful as a structural organism, is even more wonderful as a work of art.
The ribs and bars and shafts are all at bowstring tension. A mason will tap a pillar to make its stress audible; we may think of a cathedral as so ‘high strung’ that if struck it would give a musical note.
When I say artist I mean the man who is building things -- creating molding the earth -- whether it be the plains of the west -- or the iron ore of Penn. It's all a big game of construction -- some with a brush -- some with a shovel -- some choose a pen.
Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.