Fall 2019

How can we understand the history of everyday life—social history—through the buildings and landscapes that shape everyday practices? This class is organized around the form, style, and context of buildings types and landscape elements—bungalows, shopping malls, libraries, courthouses, post offices, plazas, apartments, public parks, the grid—to examine 19th and 20th century U.S. built environment history, and provide students with a toolkit to conduct their own architectural and spatial analysis. Examining the American landscape as a composite of discrete building types and landscape elements reveals the histories and identities of individuals who are often excluded from canonical histories—migrants, workers, women, people of color—but found in the workers cottages, factories, and farms across the U.S. A history of building types also addresses the role of government and institutions in shaping everyday life.

* This signature course is for undergraduate students only