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Time, Continuity, and Change.
- What role does culture play in architecture?
- What are the common characteristics of architecture across cultures?
- What makes architecture of different cultures unique?
- How has architecture changed and how might it change in the future?
Architecture is an expression of culture: It is similar to literature, music, and the arts and related to belief systems, political ideals, and religious faith. The study of culture examines the socially transmitted beliefs, values, institutions, behaviors, traditions and way of life of a group of people; it also encompasses other cultural attributes and products, such as language, literature, music, arts and artifacts, and foods. Students come to understand that human cultures exhibit both similarities and differences, and they learn to see themselves both as individuals and as members of a particular culture that shares similarities with other cultural groups, but is also distinctive. In a multicultural, democratic society and globally connected world, students need to understand the multiple perspectives that derive from different cultural vantage points.
Time, Continuity, and Change: Studying architecture makes it possible for us to understand the human story across time. The historical experiences of societies, peoples and nations reveal patterns of continuity and change. Historical analysis enables us to identify continuities over time in core institutions, values, ideals, and traditions, as well as processes that lead to change within societies and institutions, and that result in innovation and the development of new ideas, values and ways of life. Study of the past makes us aware of the ways in which human beings have viewed themselves, their societies and the wider world at different periods of time.
There is No Perfect Design: Designs that are highly successful in one environment or dimension (utility, materials, beauty, expense) may be inferior in others. Usually one or more dimensions are sacrificed to increase performance in other dimensions. Inspiration, design, modeling, revising, and discarding ideas lead to better designs over time but not absolute perfection.
- Reconstruct and interpret historical and archaeological evidence.
- Identify how perspectives about the past differ, and to what extent do these differences inform contemporary ideas and actions.
- Recognize that interpretations are influenced by individual experiences, sources selected, societal values, and cultural traditions.
- Defend interpretations based on evidence from multiple sources.
- Understand the linkages between human decisions and consequences.