Inside Beautiful Buildings

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'We shape our buildings: thereafter they shape us,' said Winston Churchill. This course is a magic lantern tour into the secrets of great architecture. Taking us from the ancient world through to the modern, this course considers how our built surroundings can contribute to human happiness, in the spirit of Ernest Dimnet, French priest, writer and lecturer: 'Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.'

1. Ancient, Greek, Roman
2. India, China, Japan, Iran
3. Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic
4. Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo
5. Art Nouveau, Art Deco
6. Modern, Post-modern

Course ID BRU1043
Price $215.00 (GST included)
Start date Monday, 07 May 2018
Finish date Monday, 25 June 2018
Sessions 6 sessions of 2 hours
Time 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Tutor Roy Forward
Location CIT Bruce
Status 5 places are available.


USEFUL SOURCES(Full notes will be emailed during the course)
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, Boston: Beacon Press, 1994 edition (1st pub. in French 1958)
Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness, Melbourne: Hamish Hamilton (Penguin Books), 2006
Colin Davies, Thinking About Architecture: An Introduction to Architectural Theory, London: Laurence King Publishing, 2011
Deke Erh & Tess Johnston, Shanghai Art Deco, Hong Kong: Old China Hand Press, 2006
Hal Foster, The Art-Architecture Complex, London: Verso, 2013 paperback edition (first published 2011), ordered for ANU Library; earlier got inter-library loan from Macquarie University
Steven Holl, Juhani Pallasmaa, & Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture, new edition, San Francisco: William Stout, 2006
Fiona Macdonald, A History of Buildings from Huts to Highrise, Hove: Macdonald Young Books, 1996
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects, London: Allen Lane (Penguin Books), 2015
Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, Wiley, 2005
The Thinking Hand: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture, Wiley, 2009
The Embodied Image: Imagination and Imagery in Architecture, Wiley, 2011
Michiel van Raaij, Building as Ornament: Iconography in Contemporary Architecture, Rotterdam: nai010 publishers, 2014
Louis G. Redstone, Art in Architecture, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968
Julia Schulz-Dornburg, Art and Architecture: New Affinities, Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, 2000
Neil Stevenson, Architecture Explained, New York: DK Publishing, rev. edn 2007
Deyan Sudjic, The Edifice Complex: How the Rich and Powerful Shape the World, London: Penguin Books, 2006

NB: There will be no classes on 28th May and 11th June.

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About your tutor:
Roy Forward has studied Political Science at the University of Melbourne, Fine Art at the ANU and Chinese language at the University of Canberra. He enjoyed a long and varied career, first as a university lecturer both in Australia and overseas and then in various roles in government and with the National Gallery of Australia. He has been lecturing in art history and appreciation for over 10 years. Roy also leads study tours through Central Asia.

Location: CIT Bruce

Address: 35 Vowels Crescent, Bruce

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