History of Art and Architecture V: Caractère (HS22)

Seminar (063-0313-22)
Veranstalter: Professur Delbeke
Dozierende: Dr. Sigrid De Jong, Nikolaos Magouliotis
Zeit: Freitags 09:00-10:00
Ort: HIL C 10.2 (*First session, 23.09.2022 will take place at HCI J4.)

Image: Anonymous, Promenade aérienne du Jardin Beaujon, Folie du Jour dessinée d'après Nature, Barrière de Neuilly. / N°2 , early 19th century, Musée Carnavalet, Histoire de Paris, public domain, https://www.parismuseescollections.paris.fr/fr/musee-carnavalet/oeuvres/promenade-aerienne-du-jardin-beaujon-folie-du-jour-dessinee-d-apres-nature#infos-principales

'Caractère' or character is not only a quality applied to human beings. It is also a category of architectural discourse, developed in the eighteenth century when architects and theorists were seeking new ways to talk about and judge buildings, pushing architectural discourse beyond Vitruvian categories to which it had been tied for centuries before. This reading class will closely examine key texts that discuss the phenomenon of a building's 'character' from the late 1600s up until today. The texts will be read at home and discussed in class together, or examined individually in a written exercise. Independent reading and vivid discussion in class make up this course’s character.

Caractère schedule HS 2022:

Session 1 (23.09.2022):
Germain Boffrand, Livre d'architecture. (1745) - French  & English .
Jacques-François Blondel, Cours d'architecture, ou traité de la decoration, distribution & construction des bâtiments, (1771-77), vol. 1. - Part 1  & Part 2 .

Session 2 (30.09.2022):
Nicolas Le Camus de Mézières, Le génie de l’architecture; ou l’analogie de cet art avec nos sensations (1780):
- "Introduction" (French  / English )
- "De l'Art de Plaire" (French  / English )
Etienne-Louis Boullée, Essai sur l’art (ca. 1781-1793) (French  / English )

Session 3 (07.10.2022):
William Chambers, A Dissertation on Oriental Gardening (1772): Excerpt from "Dissertation" .
Thomas Whately, Observations on Modern Gardening (1770): "Of Buildings / Of Character" .

Session 4 (14.10.2022):
William Eton, A Survey of the Turkish Empire (1798): Excerpt on the Arts and Architecture of the "Turks", etc. 
Mouradgea d'Ohsson, Tableau général de l'Empire Othoman:
- vol 1 (1787): Excerpt from "Discours Préliminaire" (French original  / German translation )
- vol 2 (1790): "Architecture / Effets mobiliers" (French original  / German translation )

Session 5 (21.10.2022):
Germaine de Staël, Corinne ou l'Italie (1807). French Original  / English Translation .
Charlotte Anne Eaton, Rome, in the Nineteenth Century (1820). Excerpt .

Session 6 (04.11.2022):
Humphry Repton, Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening (1795). Excerpt .
Christian Cay Lorenz Hirschfeld, Theorie der Gartenkunst (1779-1785). Excerpt .

Session 7 (11.11.2022):
Uvedale Price, An Essay on the Picturesque (1794), Excerpt .
William Wordsworth, A Guide through the District of the Lakes (1835), Excerpt .

Session 8 (18.11.2022):
James Malton, An Essay on British Cottage Architecture (1798), Excerpt .
John Thomas Smith, Remarks on Rural Scenery (1797), Excerpt .

Session 9 (25.11.2022):
John Ruskin, The Poetry of Architecture (1837-38), Excerpt .
Karl Adolf von Graffenried & Gabriel Ludwig Rudolf Stürler, Architecture Suisse / Schweizerische Architektur (1844), Excerpt .

Session 10 (02.12.2022):
John Soane, Royal Academy Lectures on Architecture (1812-5), Excerpt .
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Von deutscher Baukunst (1772), Excerpt .

Session 11 (09.12.2022):
Heinrich Wölfflin, Prolegomena zu einer Psychologie der Architektur (1886), German , English , complete text in English .
Charles Garnier and Auguste Ammann, L'Habitation Humaine (1892), Excerpt .