GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2010
03496: The Moment of the Monument (DES 0349600)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 2:30 - 5:30 Gund 510
Built around two practica--involving the "excavation" of an existing monument and the design of a future monument--the course examines the rise and fall of the Western cult of monuments from antiquity to the present. Major themes: monumentality as a value in the history of architecture, materials and monuments, monuments and inscription, deliberate and accidental monuments, and anti-monumentalism. Among the authors represented in the readings: Propertius, Dante, Petrarch, Foscolo, De Champeaux, Rodenbach, Mallarme, Nietzsche, Riegl, and Freud. Among the architectural artifacts examined, works by Chalgrin, Soufflot, Bartholdi, Sacconi, Muguruza/Mendez, Terragni, Sironi, BBPR, and Maya Lin.