Seminar. Making Space: Gender, Sexuality and the Design of Houses

Focusing on case studies drawn from European and American history and contemporary practice, this discussion seminar will look at the ways in which normative notions of gender and sexuality have shaped the conventions of domestic architecture for specific cultures and time periods. The course will also focus on outliers, anomalies and queer spaces, examining the roles played by unconventional architects, clients, and users of houses in changing notions of public and private space and creating new ways of living. Readings will be drawn from feminist theory, queer studies, and architectural history. Weekly oral reports on key concepts, texts and/or buildings and in-class discussion are required in addition to written research papers.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: ARTH 228 or a 300-level course in architectural history or urban studies or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Friedman

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered