AHST 6400 Rethinking Anthropomorphism: Body Maps + Architectural Spaces

This seminar focuses on the constitutive and mutually defining relations between the human body and architecture and the shifting theoretical frame that has governed the development of their relations. From the Vitruvian body to Le Corbusiers Modular Man and technologically machined ergonomic bodies of modern architecture, there has always existed a coordination between variant cultural and theoretical constructions of the body and changing spatial and architectural models. Although the emphasis of this seminar will be on more recent conceptions of the body-architecture relation"how we understand, represent and inhabit the body and hence, how we conceptualize, construct and inhabit space"it will also provide a historical/theoretical context, against which these newer models might be investigated and developed.