Undergraduate Elective Courses

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ARCH 322 DEVELOPMENTS IN MODERN ART: Contemporary Art, 1945-Present (3-0)3

Focusing on the major movements and artists of the post-war period, this course allows students to learn methods, tools, and terminologies to critically analyze contemporary art in relation to social and historical context, critical debates, new media, and the changing role of the spectator/participant. Not only does the art production postdating World War II raise the questions of what art is or can be, but it is also concerned with endless possible ways in which the audiences can experience art. Contemporary art employs a range of new materials and technologies, questions the validity of intentionality and authorship, and addresses previously excluded audiences. It invades non-art spaces, blurs the boundaries between text and image, document and performance, asks questions about institutional frames (the museum, gallery, and art journal), and generates new forms of criticism. Much of the "canon" of
what counts as important is still in flux, especially for the last twenty years. And the stage is no longer centered only on the United States and Europe but is becoming increasingly global.

ARCH 324 Thinking (Reading/Writing) on Architecture

The course intends to improve students` skills in the practice of thinking in terms of reading and writing by emphasizing the significance of this practice in the process of architectural production. In a movement from simpler to complex reading and writing, it aims to acquaint students with basic and advanced strategies in the analysis, synthesis and critique of architectural texts (texts, acting as the medium through which these strategies are developed, are selected to overlap within a contextual framework and renewed each year). In this sense, the course attempts to play a preparatory role for advanced courses on history, theory and criticism that demand these strategies intensively in the practice of thinking on architecture

ARCH 365-366 Fine Arts Techniques Workshop (Photography) (3-2)4-4

These courses aim to familiarize the student with potentialities of the adjustable camera. Terminology concerning the topic. Accessories and their function. How to look consciously to see. Seeking for a message in the picture. How to adjust the instrument to get the required result. Darkroom practice. Colour and black and white photography.

ARCH 422 Classical Antiquity in Asia Minor (3-0)3

Architectural developments in Anatolia during classical antiquity will be covered with a contextual approach. Indigenous traditions in construction and building types will be considered to stress the Anatolian contribution and the resulting synthesis in the material evidence of Greek and Roman civilizations, including western and central Anatolia, the southern coastlands and the kingdom of Commagene. Early cities, sanctuaries, the evolution of Ionic architecture, public buildings, integration of sculptural programs with architecture, local architectural programs of urban expansion and renewal, the Asiatic variety of Roman architecture are among topics to be studied with an assessment of reciprocal influences between Rome and the provinces.

ARCH 423 Domestic Architecture in Classical Antiquity (3-0)3

The course covers the development of domestic architecture in classical antiquity. Architecture, private life and social practices as well as themes like status, gender, privacy and space are taken into consideration to present and illustrate the conception, architectural organisation and use of houses in relation to domestic rituals and social practices.

ARCH 426 House and Daily Life in History (3-0)3

The course aims to illustrate and provide an outline of pre-20th century domestic architecture in both a chronological and thematic order. It covers the changes, continuities and transformations in the definition, meaning, use and architecture of dwelling and domestic space.

ARCH 427 Studies in Greek Architecture (3-0)3

The course deals with various approaches and viewpoints in the study of Greek architecture through selected readings. Class discussions are based on specific topics and themes such as the evolution of the Greek temple. Active oral participation in the course is mandatory.

ARCH 428 Twentieth Century Architecture in Turkey (3-0)3

The course surveys and evaluates major developments in architecture during the twentieth century in Turkey. The objective is to examine the stylistic, technological, typological, urban and professional transformations in contemporary architectural production with reference to the frames of nationalism, internationalism, modernization and globalization.

ARCH 430 Contemporary Architecture (3-0)3

The course addresses the current developments and debates in contemporary architecture through thematic lectures. It highlights the diversity and covers a multitude of critical discourses, experimental practices and case studies that challenged architecture after WW2. Themes selected aim to provide an insight into the key concepts, actors, institutions, products and projections that formed the architectural agenda particularly in the last three decades.

ARCH 436 Studies in Roman Architecture (3-0)3

A critical survey of the major developments in the history of Roman architecture in Rome and the provinces. Adaptation and evolution with regard to the Roman architectural revolution.

ARCH 440 Masterworks of Medieval Architecture in East and West (3-0)3

This course investigates masterworks of Islamic and Christian architecture in medieval age. A group of buildings selected as the foremost representative of their age and architectural type, are analyzed in terms of structural, formal and stylistic aspects. Each week, a masterwork is studied through related scholarly texts and instructor’s analysis by the use of power point presentation. The course is designed for the third and fourth year architecture students. Students from other departments might be accepted to the course on condition that they formerly attended art/architectural history survey courses and/or guided art history tours.

ARCH 443 Environmental Aesthetics I (3-0)3

A theoretical course conducted in discussions on assigned readings and research. Aims to introduce students to environmental concerns and issues of aesthetics related to the environment and to social and urban experiences. Apart from the discussions, students are asked to submit papers related to the environment, short stories, drawings and visual documentation.

ARCH 447 THE ‘PLACE’ OF FILM:Cinematic Spaces, Sites, Settings (3-0)3

This course aims to familiarize students with the necessary tools to critically analyze and historically contextualize cinematic representations of space and place. With a global emphasis, we will consider the ways in which cinema defines, reconsiders, and reshapes the notions of place and space. We will explore various approaches to “cinematic space” by studying a wide array of themes, concepts, and theories while also considering what happens to viewer’s sense of space and/or place in different media environments. The topics of the course will include domesticity, borders and movement, screening space and spectatorship, cine-museology, national and transnational spaces, animated worldmaking, and digital realisms. While the focus of the class will be on historical, social, and cultural distinctions in relation to the spatial representations on screen, we will also pay precise attention to formal and stylistic techniques as well as to the narrative and non-narrative organization of films we analyze. There are no prerequisites. Perfect attendance and active participation in class is required. Assignments will include readings in film history and film analysis, in-class assignments, a short film, and a film analysis presentation.

ARCH 448 Issues and Problems in ‘Modernism’ (3-0)3

In this course western architectural production of the twentieth century and its material and intellectual contexts will be explored. We will start by delving into the concepts of ‘aesthetic modernism’ and ‘social modernity.’ After setting the scene by an analysis of the social, economic, and intellectual background of what came to be known as modern architecture, each week we will focus on specific productions and problems with the aim to acquaint us with different ‘modernisms’ as well as with the cases that deviate from the ‘Modernist’ norms.