ARC 590: Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism

Instructor: Henry Hanson
Credits: 3
GEP: Elective

Course Description

Prague is a particularly special city in Europe, being one of the few to escape largely undamaged by the events of the Second World War. This course offers you the unique opportunity to explore and understand both the place and the people from a very local perspective. It is specifically designed for students of architecture and landscape architecture and is intended to help broaden the foundation for the studio.

Using Prague and the Czech Republic as your laboratory, you’ll seek to understand the relationship between the physical form of the city and its function, studying significant urban structures from the medieval to the contemporary. This seminar also examines the issue of sustainability, of urban environments and the role of architecture in that context.

Through the study of specific Czech urban typographies the course aims to:

Provide an introduction and foundation of understanding in urban structure including; organizational principles, public space structure and function, circulation and transportation systems and urban ecosystems.
Reveal and explore our preconceptions about the people and places we visit.
Provide strategies for discovering and understanding the uniqueness of a place.
Give background and specific insights into the evolution of Prague including historical, cultural, and economic influencing factors.
Examine the specific forces of change and trajectory of Prague and the Czech Republic.
Help you to diagnose the trajectory and prepare a prognosis of the effects of the studio design proposal.