The Architectural Imagination

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Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. In this course, you will learn how to “read” architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement. Vivid analyses of exemplary buildings from a wide range of historical contexts, coupled with hands-on exercises in drawing and modeling, bring you close to the work of an actual architect or historian.

Architecture is one of the most complexly negotiated and globally recognized cultural practices, both as an academic subject and a professional career. Its production involves all of the technical, aesthetic, political, and economic issues at play within a given society. Over the course of ten modules, we’ll examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations.

The first part of the course introduces the idea of the architec...

Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form. In this course, you will learn how to “read” architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement. Vivid analyses of exemplary buildings from a wide range of historical contexts, coupled with hands-on exercises in drawing and modeling, bring you close to the work of an actual architect or historian.

Architecture is one of the most complexly negotiated and globally recognized cultural practices, both as an academic subject and a professional career. Its production involves all of the technical, aesthetic, political, and economic issues at play within a given society. Over the course of ten modules, we’ll examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations.

The first part of the course introduces the idea of the architectural imagination as a faculty that mediates sensuous experience and conceptual understanding. Two examples of the architectural imagination—perspective drawing and architectural typology—are explored through video presentations and hands-on exercises. You will be introduced to some of the challenges involved in writing architectural history, revealing that architecture does not always have a straightforward relationship to its own history.

In the second set of modules, we address technology as a component of architecture’s realization and understanding. Architecture is embedded in contexts where technologies and materials of construction—glass and steel, reinforced concrete—are crucial agents of change. But a society’s technology does not determine its architectural forms. You will discover ways that innovative technology can enable and promote new aesthetic experiences, or disrupt age-old traditions. You will witness architecture’s ways of converting brute technical means into meaningful perceptions and textures of daily life. The interactions of architecture and modern technologies changed not only what could be built, but also what kinds of constructions could even be thought of as architecture.

The final set of modules confronts architecture’s complex relationship to its social and historical contexts and its audiences, achievements, and aspirations. As a professional practice deeply embedded in society, architecture has social obligations and the aesthetic power to negotiate social change; to carry collective memories; even to express society’s utopian ideals. You will learn about what we call architecture’s power of representation, and see how architecture has a particular capacity to produce collective meaning and memories.

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10/10 starsCompleted
2 months ago
A very useful course for architects and anyone interested in architecture. There should be more certification programs on the internet like this about architecture.
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3 months, 2 weeks ago
This course has been very instructive and helpful. It has been a pleasure to study and learn more with each new reading. Teachers are clear and objective, which makes it easier to understand each topic.
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3 months, 3 weeks ago
I am studying civil engineering, I try to cover my knowledge. architecture is a very interesting area, I will have a broad vision and with that I will increase my experience in the area of ​​civil construction
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4 months, 2 weeks ago
I,m Okyere Kwabena Frank in Kumasi,Ghana-West Africa. Architectural Imagination has really givimg me alot of knowledge in the field of Architectural Practice. It is an interesting course and i hope there will be alot of such courses in the near future to shape and impact knowledge to the industry players like my self. Is a fantastic course and i thank the organizers and our lectures.
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Rodrigo Mendoza

10/10 starsTaking Now
10 months ago
This course is completely amazing, I´m in the 4th year of Architecture and this course has taught me new things. I recommend it to any person, student or professional, you will enjoy every module, the instructors are just perfect. This website is pure gold.
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Itiza Sharma

10/10 starsTaking Now
10 months ago
The course is very essential for every architect,and want to give thanks to all the instructor for making clear about the architectural theories in depth
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Saratu Shafi'i

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year ago
Though rigorous, I would recommend this course to anyone in the Architecture field looking to learn something new and different. Even as a professional I learned a whole lot with regard to the history of architecture, theories and thought processes. It touches on so many different topics an leaves you with quite a wealth of new knowledge. And the buildings... this course takes you all over the world! I am truly inspired.
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Hamza Lafjaji

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1 year, 1 month ago
I find that I am motivated and I have the sense of analysis and communication. For my defects I believe that I am too organized, a little stubborn, perfectionist.
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Rick Werley Edouard

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1 year, 2 months ago
To me, to participate in the course ii's the best opportunity to improve my knowledge, my abilities in the architecture. I can't wait anymore to get start with...
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1 year, 2 months ago
I believe the course is what every architect need to take! Does someone know if the course will be available in june?
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Francisco Caycedo

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1 year, 2 months ago
Thank you for share your knowledge with the world;I can see the professor have deep passion and experience. so far the lectures are very personal. make me feel like in the classroom
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Sati Fukunaga

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 2 months ago
Fiz a inscrição no curso por curiosidade. Estou fazendo a primeira semana de aula e a plataforma e a forma como o conteudo é dado me surpreendeu, além do professor que é fantástico.
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cioli stancioli

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 2 months ago
I think this course is very important to me, because a precise architect is always up to date and coming from harward will be of the utmost importance. cioli
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wael alaqal

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1 year, 2 months ago
it looks good and i like to learn more and more for my future and i would like to get certificate at end of the course
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