East Asian Design: Architecture and Urbanism
This complimentary online seminar will overview the multifaceted architectural and urbanist dimensions of East Asia - from its urban planning concepts and monuments, to construction techniques and aesthetic concepts.
Moving across history in time and space, this course will overview the multifaceted architectural and urbanist dimensions of East Asia - from its urban planning concepts and monuments, to construction techniques and aesthetic concepts. It will extract some of the most defining epochs in East-Asian history, such as the spread of Buddhism, Colonialism, and the embrace and assimilation of Western Modernism. Going from Japan to China, and Korea to Hong Kong, this course will offer insights into how East Asian culture offers an intellectual counterpoint to the West, and why it remains deeply relevant to our increasingly globalizing world.
Professor Vinayak Bharne teaches at the USC School of Architecture where he conducts seminars on global urbanism and heritage conservation and coordinates international studios on urban design. His research explores contemporary urbanism in Asia, specifically the urbanism of indigenous habitats, informal settlements and sacred territories. He is the author/editor of five books including The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, and Zen Spaces and Neon Places: Reflections of Japanese Architecture and Urbanism.
Reading assignments and pre-recorded lectures for each week will be available in an online forum and are to be completed prior to the discussion sessions. Access and log-in information will be provided upon acceptance into the course. Please refer to the Seminar Requirements Document for details on assignments and course completion.
- For LAUSD teachers: 1 salary point (free of charge)
- For all other teachers: 3 Continuing Education Units (processing fee applicable)
- Certificate of completion
- Resources and materials
*Must complete seminar requirements.
How to apply
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This program is sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.