Building Houses, Building Identities: Architecture in the Atlantic World, from Africa to America|
Fall 2009 not offered
|Course Cluster: African Studies, Urban Studies|
African architecture, from houses to monumental mosques, reflects cultural interaction and identities. From 1550 to 1850, 12 million Africans were forcibly transported from their homes to the Americas. They brought with them cultural knowledge and technological expertise. That knowledge transformed the landscape, from Brazil to New Orleans to Virginia. Historians are only now beginning to understand that the Atlantic basin can best be understood as a cultural unit. From Senegal to Brazil, African architecture created a new, hybrid style. This course studies the buildings of the Atlantic basin. From the great mosques of medieval West Africa to the plantation houses of Brazil and the American South, African builders introduced concepts and forms that included the verandah, the enclosed porch or gallery, and probably, too, the shotgun house of New Orleans. This course looks first at African art and architecture, then at the spread of African technology to the New World.
We will study architecture from West and North Africa. For most of us, this constitutes studying cultures other than our own.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)
Prussin, L., HATUMERE: ISLAMIC DESIGN IN AFRICA
Bourgeios, SPECTACULAR VERNACULAR
Mark, P., PORTUGUESE STYLE AND LUSO-AFRICAN IDENTITY
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm exam, 10-page research paper, final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
One field trip to New York on a weekend is required. Arts Bus ticket price approximately $35.
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