New York City is one of the earliest examples of the modern metropolis. Its architectural landmarks include iconic Art Deco skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building; pioneering works of high modernism such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; important works of contemporary architecture such as Renzo Piano’s new Whitney Museum of American Art; and famous feats of engineering like the Brooklyn Bridge. These architectural landmarks are complemented by triumphs of landscape architecture and urban planning, such as Central Park and the High Line, and monuments to recent history, like the 9/11 Memorial and the Oculus. Through walking tours, site visits, and classroom lectures, this course will investigate both the historical and contemporary features of the New York City skyline, and how they contribute to modern life in the city.
What you will learn…
- To identify key architectural styles in the development of New York, and to differentiate between the work of famous architects found in the city.
- To understand the incredible feats of engineering that enabled the construction of skyscrapers and the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as the importance of urban planning in the conservation of open spaces like Central Park.
- To appreciate how New York has responded to recent historical events through the design and development of the 9/11 Memorial and the Oculus.