European Architecture - A Concise History: An Eight Part Course with Dr. Luca Orlandi

European Architecture - A Concise History: An Eight Part Course with Dr. Luca Orlandi


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This course addresses the most significant chapters of European architecture and has been thoughtfully designed to provide participants a concise overview of the styles and movements that dominated the architectural scene in Europe through the ages. Building upon a general overview of theoretical problems and perspectives emerging in the shaping of European Architecture, the course will dedicate close attention to the study of landmarks and critical issues that exemplify the specific characters of European architecture between Early Christianity and the 20th-century interwar period (the 1920s-1930s). 

Led by an Architectural Historian, Luca Orlandi, this course will zoom in on the European architectural panorama between 330 AD and the early 20th century, focusing on the main protagonists and movements that characterized each period. Intended to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge about the richness and the complexity of architecture in Europe through the two millennia.

Lecture One – Early Christian, Romanesque, and Carolingian Architecture:
Our first session will examine the Holy Roman Empire's monasteries and religious architecture.

Lecture Two – The Vertical Line and the Light of God:
From there we move into a discussion of Gothic Architecture and the end of the Middle Age.

Lecture Three –  'Homo ad Circulum':
Following the end of the Middle Ages, we will explore the rebirth of the classical world – through Humanism, Renaissance, and Mannerism.

Lecture Four –  A Sense of Infinity

Our fourth conversation will review the popularity of the Baroque movement, in which extravagant palaces and gardens spread across the continent.

Lecture Five –  The Enlightenment Period and Neo-Classicism:

From there we move into the rise in popularity of the classics – when popular architectural fashions began to reinvent and re-examine the past. 

Lecture Six – The Age of the Machines:

Together we will discuss the Industrial Revolution's impact on the fields of Architecture and Engineering. We'll study Orientalism and Revivalism movements, the Romantic vision, and leading architects who were searching for new frontiers to explore.

Lecture Seven – Art Nouveau:
On the eve of World War I, a brand new style of thinking emerged. Between 1890 and 1910, the organic line reemerged in designs across the continent as everyone took steps towards a modern world. Our sixth conversation in this course will closely examine several masterpieces in the Art Nouveau architectural style across the continent. 

Lecture Eight –  Modernist Movement: 

Post-war, there was a sense of domineering form and function, unlike anything the world had ever seen. The final session of our course will explore the avant-gardes who used glass, steel, and reinforced concrete to pave the way into the 20th-century.

Luca Orlandi is an architect and an architectural historian. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at University of Genoa (Italy) and obtained a PhD in 2005 from the Polytechnics of Turin (Italy), within the program: History and Critics of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage. He lives in Istanbul and works as Assistant Professor Dr. in the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Özyeğin University (OZU). He teaches courses such as: History of Architecture, Contemporary Architecture, and Architectural Design Studio. He often participates in lectures, seminars, and workshops in other Turkish universities and abroad, mainly in Italy. He is an active member of ICOMOS Italy and his fields of interest cover several topics like Ottoman Architecture and Master Sinan, Contemporary Turkish Architecture, as well as Genoese Heritage in the Orient and Travelogue and Narratives about the Levant.

How does it work?
This is an eight-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.
Is there a reading list in advance?
Though the course is open to participants with no background on this topic, there are suggested readings for further investigation. These will be provided at the course's conclusion. In the interim, our expert does suggest reading Ian Sutton's book Western Architecture - A Survey from Ancient Greece to the Present (Thames and Hudson, London 2010) if your schedule allows. 
How long are the lectures?
Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.
How much is the course?
The course is $280 USD for eight lectures.
Is a recording available?
Yes. If you need to miss a lecture, you will be sent a recording after the event.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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