ARC500.6 Types and Gripes: Typology and Its Discontents (Spring)

Open only to students in the B.Arch and M.Arch I programs.

Study the built fabric of the city of Florence through the frame of architectural typology. Students will critically read multiple theories of typology, from Durand to Wittkower, from Aldo Rossi to Pier Vittorio Aureli. These readings will be intersected with readings from psycho-analytic theory, including the works of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Jacques Lacan. Through a series of drawings, you will catalogue Florentine building types, such as the villa, the basilica, and the palazzo. You will simultaneously create a drawing catalogue of gripes – exceptions to the normative types – and read these gripes projectively as sources of architectural potential.

Course-related fee: A fee will be charged to cover printing and Florence site visits (2019 fee = $60).

Department: Architecture

Location: Florence

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3