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Typologies: Past and Present - Course Brief

SS15 PROJECT_POSTED_BY Jasper Cepl     April 1, 2015    





Typologies: Past and Present

Prof. Jasper Cepl


With the growth of cities in the second half of the 20th century, especially in developing countries, new typologies emerged, most of all in the sector of housing. Interventions intended to improve the quality of live in such cities often require close studies of their dominant typologies. This, in turn, requires a better understanding of the meaning of the concept itself. What is the idea of type? To explore its potential one has to be familiar with its historical background.

The seminar will focus on reading some classical texts, as well as exploring recent research on the subject. It will trace the emergence of the concept over the course of a history of ideas that has, especially since the 19th century, referred to the ideas of type and typology in numerous ways.

Once we are more familiar with the subject, we will have a workshop in which we will jointly compile a research guide to help other students to get acquainted with the subject and find their way through the literature on the topic.

Time: Tuesdays, 6:30­ pm + Workshop (date to be negotiated, probably sometime during the holidays or at the beginning of the winter semester)

Illustration: From Jean­Nicolas­Louis Durand, Recueil et parallèle des édifices de tout genre anciens et modernes, remarquables par leur beauté, par leur grandeur, ou par leur singularité, et dessinés sur une même échelle, Paris 1800–1801, plate 49


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