ARCH 6805

ARCH 6805

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.

When Offered Fall or Spring.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Tell Me About Your Archive

  • 17921 ARCH 6805   SEM 101

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    • Henni, S

  • Research practices are contingent on the nature and status of an "archive" - that is, in the broader sense, a collection of textual and audio-visual documents and artifacts of the past. The seminar investigates various approaches to interrogating as well as building an "archive," which informs the production of discourses, the writing of histories, and the exhibiting of stories. On the one hand, we will question the authority of an 'archive" by interviewing and challenging established architectural historians and theorists, including Jean-Louis Cohen, Beatriz Colomina, Kenneth Frampton, Mary McLeod, Joan Ockman, Anthony Vidler, and many others. The resulting interviews will be posted on an online platform, Tell Me About Your Archive, and will be exhibited at Cornell's Architecture Department. Through the question of the "archive," we will scrutinize how certain architectural histories and theories are constructed, preserved, interpreted or suppressed, and expand our acquaintance with research practices.