ARTH 372

The Grand Canal: An Engine for Building Types at the Apex

In architecture, the concepts of "type" and "module" are often used to analyze the process of building (an idea, a structure, an argument). These ideas are particularly potent tools in getting at the deeper structures of "traditional Chinese architecture" in which both are pushed to brilliant and complex extremes.The course uses the route and history of the China's Grand Canal as a structure for exploring design achievements and intentions at both ends of this critically important man made waterway.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the PacRim program.