Units: 
3.0
Option: 
Required
Instructor: 

The study of the history of the built environment provides an understanding on how human societies have adapted the form of the built environment to their unique cultural, political, economic, climatic, and environmental challenges across time. This course explores the history of the built environment through the lens of the global climatic zones, providing an opportunity to explore the built environment across the world and throughout various cultures. This course provides an overview of the history of the built environment at the city, building, and landscape scales and covers the built environment in hot and arid climates, hot and humid climates, and cold and arid climates. Students will learn examples from the past to help inform solutions to the multiple and complex challenges that our built environment faces today and in the future.

This is the first course in a two course series that covers the history of the built environment in the following climate zones:

  • Hot and arid
  • Hot and humid
  • Cold and arid

Learning Objectives

As a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the different factors that have influenced the built environment throughout history in hot and arid climates, hot and humid climates, and cold and arid climates,
  • Explore the different vernacular design solutions in buildings and cities in hot and arid climates, hot and humid climates, and cold and arid climates,
  • Recognize the different uses of landscapes and gardens in different geographic locations throughout history and cities in hot and arid climates, hot and humid climates, and cold and arid climates,
  • Compare and contrast the different solutions for the built environment according to climate, availability of resources, and socio-economic and political conditions, and
  • Use iconic examples in the history of the built environment to provide guidance on how to face the multiple and complex challenges that our society face today and in the future.

This course is offered fully online.

Grading: 
Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E