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ART H 494 A: Paris: Architecture and Urbanism

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:00am - 11:20am
ART 003
Joint Sections: 
JSIS A 433 A, ARCH 458 A, ART H 525 A
Meredith Clausen
Meredith Clausen

Syllabus Description:

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Arch458a / AH494a
Paris: Architecture and Urbanism
Spring 2019
T-Th, 10-11:20, rm 03, Art Bldg

Instructor: Meredith L. Clausen
Office hrs: Weds, 2 - 5, or by appointment
Rm 222, Art Bldg; office tel: 616-6751
email: mlc@u.washington.edu



Cities/Buildings Database

Lecture Images

Paris Plan - Grimault



Syllabus - complete with weekly schedule




Paris: Architecture & Urbanism

Course requirements for the 5-credit course:

- weekly lectures, Tues/Thurs, plus required readings


- a 10-15 page research paper, DUE THURS MAY 30. NO EXCEPTIONS, SO PLAN AHEAD.

- class participation expected, and will tip the scores. Unless you are a seasoned research-paper-writer, be sure to read or skim the appropriate parts of Weidenborner & Caruso, cited below (see full syllabus link above).


Disability Services Office: 

If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Disability Services Office, email: dso@uw.edu, 206-543-6450 (voice) / 206-543-6452 (TTY). Please provide the instructor a copy of your letter from Disability Services indicating you have a disability that requires assistance. Disability Resources for Students, UW Seattle Campus


Required texts:

  • Sutcliffe, Anthony. Paris: An Architectural History, 1993  (now Out of Print. Try to find a used copy (UBkStore may have);    copies are also on reserve in the Arch Lib)
  • Horne, Alistair. Seven Ages of Paris, 2004 (ppbk edition, available at UBkStore)


Other required readings:

Additional readings, some required, most only recommended, are on reserve mostly in the Architecture Library.      Reading assignments are uneven in length, and competition for books is likely to be keen especially around exam times, so plan ahead. Also, as the lecture format is informal, the schedule may change. Best come to class.

Required readings except for texts are available on this Canvas course site under the Readings link above; all books from which the essays are selected are available in the Arch Lib in Gould if you'd prefer to use a library copy.


Catalog Description: 
Spans the architectural history of Paris, from its Gallic, pre-Roman origins in the second century BCE through the work of twenty-first century architects. Focuses on changing patterns of the physical fabric of the city and its buildings, as seen within the context of the broader political, social, economic, and cultural history. Offered: jointly with ARCH 458/JSIS A 433.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:01pm