The module aims to provide students with grounding in understanding of how cities have emerged, evolved and developed in the last three millenniums. It aims to help students broaden their knowledge and develop their abilities to understand and critically analyse historical urban cores and urban heritage.
Knowledge is (a) mainly imparted through lecture course and (b) further developed through individual project work , analyzing a Greek city in a particular historic period.
This module is an overview of urban history and the evolution of cities in the last three millenniums – from the prehistoric Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Harappa cities in the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC, to the Greek and Roman cities in Classical Antiquity (5th century BC – 4th century AD), the European cities in Middle Ages (5th century – 14th century), the transformations of European cities during Renaissance (15th and 16th centuries), the impacts of Baroque and the Grand Manner on the design of European cities (17th and 18th centuries), Industrial Revolutions and the radical changes and expansion of European cities (19th century), suburbanization, patterns of garden cities (19th and early 20th centuries).
The module focuses on the formal configuration of cities, and the main schools of thought in urban planning and design in all the above historical periods. But it also attempts to correlate and integrate physical urban environment with the corresponding socio-economic structures and the political and cultural background of cities.