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4.607 Thinking About Architecture: In History and At Present, Fall 2002

Institut du Monde Arabe.
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, by the architect Jean Nouvel. (Image courtesy of Keith McCluskey, ©

Highlights of this Course

This class contains an in-depth look at the theory behind architecture, and the substance of it can be seen in the calendar and secondary readings sections.

Course Description

This course studies the interrelationship of theory, history, and practice as it relates to architecture and the architect. It looks at theory not as a specialized discourse relating only to architecture, but as touching on many issues, whether they be cultural, aesthetic, philosophical, or professional. Topics and examples are chosen from a wide range of materials, from classical antiquity to today.


Prof. Mark Jarzombek

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session




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