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Course syllabus B1-DAS - History of Architecture and Civil Engineering (FCE - WS 2019/2020)

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University: Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Faculty: Faculty of Civil Engineering
Course unit code: B1-DAS
Course unit title: History of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Mode of delivery, planned learning activities and teaching methods:
lecture2 hours weekly (on-site method)

Credits allocated: 2
Recommended semester/trimester: Building Construction and Architecture - bachelor (compulsory), 1. semester
Building Technology and Management - bachelor (compulsory), 1. semester
Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management - bachelor (compulsory), 1. semester
Structural and Transportation Engineering - bachelor (compulsory), 1. semester
Level of study: 1.
Prerequisites for registration: none
Assesment methods:
Elaboration of a sketch in A2 size on an appropriate graphic level. After submitting the sketch, students can enter the final written examination.
The pass out of the final written examination in the 13th week has assessment:

A 11-10 points
B 9 points
C 8 points
D 7 points
E 6 points
Learning outcomes of the course unit:
History of world architecture and civil engineering from prehistoric times to the beginning of the 10th century in physical and cultural context. Analysis of significant structures.
Course contents:
1. Introduction to the studies of History of Architecture. Periodization of human Prehistory. Prehistoric architectural scene from mobile lifestyle (caves, cliff dwellings, skin hovels) to Mesolithic huts, pit houses and temporary villages. Permanent settlements in Neolithic – stilt houses settlements on the shores of lakes, mud-brick houses and wattle and daub long houses with thatched roofs. Megalithic architecture - significant structures. Urban centers and city states in Bronze Age in Levant, Anatolia and northern Mesopotamia. Visual arts in Prehistory.

2. Ancient Near East. Origins of hydraulics, drainage, irrigation, construction and land law. High level of mathematics, geometry and astronomy. Technologies, building materials (bricks) and appropriate construction methods. First tunnel and barrel vaults. Heterogeneous architectural styles. Temples, houses, palaces, fortification. First cities and city-states.
Ancient Egypt - civilization coherent for 3000 years. High level of mathematics, surveying, astronomy. Cult of death. Technologies, building materials (extensive variety of building stones) and appropriate construction methods. Architectural style. Temples, pyramids, tombs, houses, fortification, first cities. Significant structures and famous architects.

3. Aegean Sea civilization in the Bronze Age - Minoan Crete, Cycladic islands, Troy in Asia Minor, Peloponnese before Greek invasion, Mycenaean Peloponnese. Technologies, building materials, construction methods. Architectural styles. Temples, palaces, houses, fortification, first cities. Significant structures.

4. Ancient Greece - high level of mathematics, geometry, arts. Technologies, building materials. Masonry. Doric, Ionic, Corinthian order. Greek theories of aesthetics in architecture. Significant structures, famous architects. Ancient Greek colonies, city states.

5. Ancient Greece – Temple-spatial concept, façade. Buildings for sport, culture and education. Agora and political life. City of Athens. Hellenism. Urban planning.

6. Ancient Rome. Etruscan heritage and Greek influence. Technologies, new building materials, (concrete) construction methods. Masonry. Arches, vaults, domes. Roman engineering – bridges, aqueducts, sewers, damns, roads, ports. Famous engineers and significant structures.

7. Ancient Rome – buildings for sport, entertainment. Theatres, arenas, circuses, baths, thermaes. Temples. City of Rome. Forum and political life. City planning.

8. Roman Empire in late Antiquity, provinces in Danube basin. Castrum, Limes Romanus. Famous routes in Antiquity. Roman archeological remains in Slovakia.

9. Early Christian architecture. Spatial development of Christian basilica. Martyrion and baptistery. Famous structures. First Christian monasteries in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Gallia, Italian Peninsula. Visual arts in Antiquity. Greek and Roman antiquity as the bases for European culture.

10. Byzantine architecture. Technology, building materials, construction methods. Domes on pendentives. Churches-spatial concept, lighting and interior decoration. Monasteries and eastern orthodox tradition. Palaces, fortification. City of Constantinople. Byzantine provinces. Famous architects and significant structures.

11. Pre-Romanesque architecture. Medieval period of Western monasticism - Celtic monasticism, Benedictine monasticism. Plan of Benedictine Abbey of St. Gall. Carolingian architecture. Significant structures. Architecture of Great Moravia – archeological remains in Morava and Slovakia –hill forts, churches, settlements. Visual Arts in the Early Middle Age.

12. Short overview.

13. Final written examination.
Recommended or required reading:
MALINA, J. -- PAVEL, P. Jak vznikly největší monumenty dávnověku. Praha : Svoboda, 1994. 414 p. ISBN 80-205-0211-4.
ŠIMKOVIČOVÁ, V. Dejiny architektúry. Bratislava : STU v Bratislave SvF, 2007. 278 p. ISBN 978-80-227-2691-7.

Language of instruction: slovak or english
Courses evaluation:
Assessed students in total: 3273

17,0 %23,4 %23,2 %17,0 %18,8 %0,6 %
Name of lecturer(s): Ing. Júlia Baranová (examiner, lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Magdaléna Kvasnicová, PhD. (person responsible for course)
Ing. arch. Vladimíra Šimkovičová, PhD. (examiner, lecturer, tutor) - slovak, english
Last modification: 26. 3. 2019
Supervisor: doc. PhDr. Magdaléna Kvasnicová, PhD. and programme supervisor

Last modification made by Ing. Marián Dubík on 03/26/2019.

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