Undergraduate Seminar: Philadelphia Architecture and Urbanism
Instructor: Professor Wojtowicz
This course will examine the development of Philadelphia architecture and related issues of urbanism from the colonial period until the present. Special emphasis will be placed on major phases of the city's growth -- colonial port, federal capital, industrial metropolis, city beautiful, and urban renewal laboratory -- as well as on attendant social, political, and economic forces. The influence of key architects, including Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Thomas U. Walter, Frank Furness, Paul Cret, Louis Kahn, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown will also be discussed. Field trips to selected buildings/places will deepen students' understanding of the complex historical layers of the present city.
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