Vandal Catholic is proud to offer a course this Spring. It will be designed as a 3-credit course and taught by our Director of Intellectual Formation, Dr. Gracjan Kraszewski.
The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. in the upstairs classroom at St. Augustine's Catholic Center.
Dr. Gracjan's Office Hours are as follows, or by appointment: Monday 7:20 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Wednesday 7:20 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Friday 7:20 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
All are welcome. Cost is free.
Art, Architecture, and the Built Environment from Rome to Van der Rohe
St. Augustine’s Center-University of Idaho, Spring 2020
Instructor: Dr. Gracjan Kraszewski , Director of Intellectual Formation, UI Vandal Catholic Office Hours: TBA; 6-8 hrs/weekly at St. Augustine’s Catholic Center, Univ. Idaho Classroom and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-9 am at St. Aug. Catholic Center-UI
Course Description and Approach A class that, after introducing students to basic concepts in design and giving them a brief look at some early structures and ideas, will dive headlong into the very Catholic architecture of the Middle Ages—Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, among others—on to modernity and post-modernity guided by the fundamental questions of what constitutes design value and how do people proclaim what they believe via the buildings they construct?
Grading Scale and Percentages Critical Essay 20% Project 50% Final Exam (Comprehensive) 30%
Required Books 1. Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House 2. James Howard Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere 3. Michael S. Rose, Ugly as Sin
Week by Week Lecture Themes plus Reading Selections
Jan T-14: Introduction, Design Theory (What is Design?) R-16: preamble A. –Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt T-21: preamble B. –Persia, Greece and Rome R-23: Romanesque Design: European from the 8th through the 11th century T-28: Gothic Architecture and Design, Europe 1100-1500 R-30: The Renaissance
Feb T-4: The Renaissance, part II. R-6: Baroque design and the Reformation-Counter Reformation T-11: Baroque design and the Reformation-Counter Reformation, part II. R-13: The Church in early America, between the Revolution and the Civil War T-18: Design and antebellum America; 1789-1860. (Greek and Gothic revivalism) I. R-20: Design and antebellum America; 1789-1860. (Greek and Gothic revivalism) II. T-25:. Europe from the French Revolution to the Revolutions of 1848; Neo-Classicism R-27: The American Civil War (1861-65); changes in meaning and freedom
Mar T-3: America: Reconstruction & the Gilded Age (1865-90); Late Victorian style R-5: The Beaux-Arts style in Europe; Europe from 1848-1890. T-10: Fin de Siècle Europe, in particular Vienna, up to the Great War. R-12: The 1893 Chicago World Fair, TR, Beaux Arts-America, ‘American Renaissance’ Spring BREAK March 16-20: no class T-24: The Church in America (and abroad) at the fin de siècle/turn of the century Book 1 discussion-Wolfe.
R-26: World War I, 1914-1919, and a psychological design bomb of full severance. T-31: : (USSR+) the 1920s, Frank Lloyd Wright & Prairie School, American Arts &Crafts
April R-2:The Inter-War period, 1919-1939, the world over + Art Deco & a brief note on WWII, 1939-45. T-7: Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus School R-9: Bauhaus II. and design in the Soviet Union through World War II. T-14: Immediate post-War America: suburbs, interstates and the codification of Modernism (the ‘International Style’) R-16: The Second Vatican Council and Church design, etc. Book 2 discussion-Kunstler T-21: The 1960s and early 70s in Europe (+USSR) and the U.S. R-23: The proto-seeds of post-modernism in Europe (+the USSR) and the U.S., 1970s through 1990s T-28: All bets are off?: Design value, constructed meaning, and objective standards (or the lack thereof) in the 21st century and beyond; theological as well as design- oriented Book 3 discussion-Rose. R-30: In class comprehensive review