Architecture, the largest and most practical of the visual arts, is defined by more than just walls, roofs, and windows. Throughout history, styles have evolved based on construction methods, materials, and function, as well as principles of design, elements of architecture, and aesthetic ideals.
Janetta Rebold Benton, distinguished professor of art history at Pace University, leads a journey through some of the most creative, innovative, and extreme examples of architecture constructed worldwide in recent years. The buildings are presented according to function—such as museums, theaters, office buildings and skyscrapers, and private homes—as well as examples of environmentally friendly re-use of materials.
Included are the Louvre Museum pyramid; China’s Guangzhou Opera House; Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building; Nautilus House in Mexico City, a giant psychedelic mollusk shell; and the Wing House in Malibu, designed from the wings of a decommissioned Boeing 747-100.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.