Lecture 1. Course Introduction

Global architectural histories undermine the spurious mythologies of race, nationalism, and ethnicity often at the heart of political conflict. They illustrate architectural objects while locally manifested, are invariably impacted, manipulated, or redefined by global vectors such as technologies that travel across space and time. These technologies provide students with critical knowledge and skills to understand their built environment as situated within wider networks of place and more complex trajectories of time. Such a consciousness of cultural identity as multivalent and mutable equips students to augment nationalist frameworks with global frameworks. Students can begin to perceive themselves as both national and global citizens. The multiplication of loyalty is a grass roots effort towards producing a generation that will be able to negotiate national and global interests with greater care and delicacy.

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