HTC2200 Section A - Design Theory and Criticism Tuesday 4-7pm
Instructor: Rob Anderson
Through the careful consideration of key philosophical and theoretical texts, this course offers a forum for discussing contemporary and historical doctrine, related to architecture and design. This course explores the ideas that lie behind the appearances of buildings, through architectural theory. We will be studying architects, interior architects, artists, and non-designers who have combined ideas from different sources and for different purposes to create or observe forms and spaces with complex and subtle meanings. In design, theory is not divorced from practice. On the contrary, theory and practice are inseparable, relying on a variety of ideas or constructs to guide them, ranging from traditional conventions, environmental concerns, experimental structural concepts, to aesthetic judgments. Therefore, the course will primarily focus on the historical development of contemporary literary examples related to design and theory, through a semester long investigation of far reaching ideas, and on analysis and critique of written doctrine relevant to architecture and interior architecture. Of particular interest is the articulation of philosophical and contemporary design issues.
HTC2200 Section C - Perception, Human Needs, Built Environment Tuesday 7:15-10:15pm
Instructor: Katie Swenson and Braden Crooks This course explores how perceptions informed by race, place, and class impact the way the built environment responds to human needs. Design, within this paradigm, often perpetuates a manifestation of outputs, cultivating a lived experience where human needs are not met, while simultaneously reinforcing hierarchy of othering- deciding who or what is deemed valuable, worthy, deserving, and undeserving. It is within this context design is prodded as an intentional tool to challenge the way we think about self-generating systems of deep inequities, while applying design tactics to create outputs that enhance just and inclusive human experience. Participants of this course will experience: 1. a deeper grasp of how history informs the current physical and socio-economic landscape in communities and the surrounding neighborhoods, 2. opportunities to have robust conversations on race and class in the neighborhood as it relates to current crises and future visioning, 3. an understanding of participatory design thinking processes, 4. the potential of framing/initiating shared value projects that represent broad community driven design grounded in historical framework where each component addresses systemic and structural socio-spatial challenges, 5. opportunities to engage on-going goals and projects. Please note that this course will include some online components and that it is by permission only. To request permission, please contact Rob Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org
HSP2014 Section A - Historic Archaeology Philosophy and Practice Monday 7:15-10:15pm (Week 1: In Class, Week 2-6: Online; Week 7-15: In Class)
Instructor: Chip Piatti
This course will introduce the student to the field of historical archaeology. The course will include background information on the history and ethics of the profession, its connections with other related conservation and design fields, discussions of the U.S. and international standards and conventions related to archaeology, as well as practical instruction on archaeological excavation planning and surveying, excavation and recording techniques, object handling, analysis, conservation, and documentation. At the City of Boston Archaeology Lab, the students will have the opportunity to work on actual historic objects excavated in Boston and, if circumstances allow, to participate on an official archaeological excavation on a historic site in Boston being carried out by the City of Boston Archaeologist.