This course explores the dynamic relationships between the gendering of space and how sexuality is both experienced and expressed in architectural form. Proceeding in a chronological fashion through several periods and locations, the course focuses on a series of key case studies within broader themes. The themes covered will be, Architects and Patronage; Religion and Politics; Bodies and Cities; and Resistance and Contestation. A range of interdisciplinary texts will be discussed and key theorists, such as Richard Wrigley, Louise Durning, Lynn Spiegel, Doreen Massey and Michel Foucault will be compared and critiqued. The course will present the students with architectural, textual, cinematic and geographical examples, in order to train them to approach a wide range of visual evidence. Throughout, production of gender in the domestic, the public, the political and the economic spheres will come under questioning. Ultimately, there will be an emphasis on understanding and critiquing a range of theoretical and methodological approaches.
Assessment: 100% coursework.