I am writing a proposal to develop a course at the university of washington's architecture department about critical perspectives (gender, race, sexuality/sexual orientation etc.) on architecture and space...as a part of a fellowship we have here aimed toward broadening the boundaries of teaching and learning.
do any of you have theory courses like this in your department ? if so can you let me know? i'd prefer not to go through 8million architecture school websites to find them. i thought i'd start with you!
we don't have a theory course like this in our department. and this is a topic i have a lot of interest in. i thought about doing an independent study, but, i didn't want to just read and write about what i was reading in isolation, but talk to other people about it. anyway, i'm writing this proposal, and i am at the point in my proposal where i'd like to talk about precedent....meaning other courses in other schools. there is already some precedent here, in that the geography and women's studies department both offer classes of particular relevance such as:
Geography and Gender
Examines theories and case studies across international, national, and regional scales in order to illustrate the impacts of social and economic processes upon the construction of gender in particular places.
Culture, Capital, and the City
Examines current themes in social theory as they apply to the urban landscape. Includes the interconnections of cultural and economic processes and the spatial patternings of race, class, and gender in the modern urban context. Offered: A.
cultural geography: Analysis of the role of culture in the formation of landscape patterns; components of culture that contribute not only to a "sense of place," but also to the mosaic of settlement patterns and occupancy that can be traced to culture.
Urban Political Geography:
Examines how the spatial structure of cities and towns affects and is affected by political processes. Considers both traditional and newer forms of politics, as global and local issues. Special attention paid to where politics take place within local contexts across state, civil society, home, and the body. Offered: Sp.
however, i'm looking for existing courses from the perspective of architecture. i know beatriz colomina has written sexuality and space, and elizabeth diller, has written on feminist space...i hope to use the book gender space architecture as a major text in the course... which has tons of writing from all kinds of disciplines...then there's architecture and feminsm ..well there's a ton of books on the various aspects/perspectives of "critical perspectives" can't list them all...that's part of what the fellowship is for, to identify material, develop and eventually have the course taught.
anyway, any info you can provide on what's offered at your school would help..