4.612 Islamic Architecture and the Environment
Studies how Islamic architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning reflect and transform environmental processes in various regions and climates of the Islamic world, from Andalusia to Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Using systematic approaches to environmental data collection and analysis, examines strategies behind the design of selected architectural elements and landscape design types, ranging in scale from the fountain to the garden, courtyard, city, and agrarian region. Critically explores cultural interpretations of Islamic environmental design (e.g., paradise gardens), as they developed over time in ways that enrich, modify, or obscure their historical significance.
This class has no prerequisites.
4.612 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by J. Wescoat.
Lecture occurs 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Mondays in 5-216.
This class counts for a total of 9 credits.
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