The Harvard Graduate School of Design has announced a new, free online course entitled “The Architectural Imagination.” Taught by the school’s Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory K. Michael Hays alongside Professor of Architectural History Erika Naginski and G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology Antoine Picon, the course is advertised as “introductory” level and described as teaching “how to ‘read’ architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement.” It will be delivered through edX, a platform for high-quality massive open online courses (MOOCs) which was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012.
“Architecture is one of the most complexly negotiated and globally recognized cultural practices, both as an academic subject and a professional career,” explains the course description. “Its production involves all of the technical, aesthetic, political, and economic issues at play within a given society. Over the course of ten modules, we’ll examine some of history’s most important examples that show how architecture engages, mediates, and expresses a culture’s complex aspirations.”
Spread over 10 modules, the programme is intended to be taken over the same number of weeks.
The first part will focus on form and history, the second on technology, and the third on representation and context. Skills including architectural drawing and model making will be taught through a series of video presentations and hands-on exercises.
Participants will not earn any credentials, however a certificate of completion will be available to purchase for $99 (N 30 269 – N49 000 depending on exchange rate ).