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Below is a sample breakdown of the History of Architecture chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Byzantine architecture||The Hagia Sophia, apse, mosaic, clerestory, pendentive|
|Tuesday||Romanesque architecture||Semicircular arch, barrel vault, groin vault, ribbed vault, campanile, arcade|
|Wednesday||Baroque architecture||The Louvre, the Vatican, Versailles, optical illusion, symmetry|
|Thursday||Ancient Greek architecture|
Roman engineering and architecture
|Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns, frieze, triglyph, entasis|
Cement, brick and mortar masonry, arch, dome
|Friday||19th and 20th century architects||I.M. Pei, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe|
1. Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples
In this lesson, we look at the development of Byzantine architecture. We examine its relationship to the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. We then compare Byzantine architecture to early Christian architecture and enumerate the distinctly Byzantine elements of their art and architecture: central-plan, domes and pendentives. Finally, we touch briefly on how these architectural masterpieces were decorated.
2. Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples & History
In this lesson we fly through the various characteristics of Romanesque architecture: the semicircular arch, various sorts of vaulting, heavier construction, and the addition of increasingly intricate exteriors incorporating towers, arcades, and decorative sculpture.
3. Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features
This lesson explores the development of Baroque architecture. We begin in Italy by tracing the development of several Baroque themes, culminating in the Vatican itself. We then move to France, where these trends further developed, reaching their apex in Louis XIV's ambitious palace at Versailles.
4. Ancient Greek Architecture: Dorian, Ionic & Corinthian
This lecture discusses Greek architecture and its legacy. Enjoy our exploration of Greek columns, temples, stadiums, treasuries and theaters, and see why the Greeks might have reached the pinnacle of architectural achievement.
5. Roman Engineering and Architecture
This lecture covers Roman advances in architecture and engineering. First, Rome's debt to Greece is explored. Next, Roman advances in material science are enumerated: cement, mortar and concrete. After that, we will look at a few distinctly Roman techniques: the arch and the dome.
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