Architecture is the product of social, cultural, religious, and political forces. Great cultures and civilizations have existed all over the world, producing not only great monuments but robust vernacular architectural traditions, closely tied to the environment and their local context, which resonate even today. This course examines the history of architecture from 1500 A.D. to the present from a global perspective.
The World History of Architecture Series offered by the University of Southern California School of Architecture looks at the world-wide perspective of history, in all of its textured richness and variegated scope. Arch 214B presents an overview of the history of architecture from the 16th century to the present from a global perspective. It is based on a five-part structure to ensure complete coverage. In alphabetical order, this is: (1) Africa, (2) Asia (3) Europe, (4) The Americas (5) West Asia (the area formerly known as the Middle East).