Deniz Karakas

Vis Assistant Professor of History of Art

 
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 Fall Term 2017- Wednesay's 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and Thursday's 12:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., and by appointment
 Mahaney Center for the Arts

 

Courses

Course List: 

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HARC 0230 - Modern Architecture      

Modern Architecture
Rotating skyscrapers, green roofs, and avant-garde museums: how did we arrive in the architectural world of the early 21st century? In this course we will survey the major stylistic developments, new building types, and new technologies that have shaped European and American architecture since the late 18th century. Students will learn about the work of major architects as well as key architectural theories and debates. Special emphasis will be placed on the cultural and political contexts in which buildings are designed. 2 hrs. Lect./1 hr. disc. ART HIS

Spring 2018

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HARC 0239 - Water Scarcity and Abundance      

The Art of Scarcity and Abundance: The Politics and Poetics of Water
In the midst of global warming and increased desertification, this course will look back on our long-term engagement with water. Starting with our immediate environment, Middlebury, and then moving on to far off places like Venice, Cairo, Granada, Istanbul, and Paris, we will explore how changing attitudes toward the nature and function of water across various cultures over time were shaped and expressed through images, architecture, and infrastructure. We will also consider how these issues intersected with politics, religion, economic change, science and technology, urbanization, and environmental concerns. Our work inside and outside the classroom will guide our exploration of the complex connections between local and global processes, as we evaluate different approaches to “the built environment” and “sustainability” through the lens of water. 3 hrs. lect. ART CMP HIS

Fall 2017

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HARC 0255 - Byz and Ottoman Constantinople      

The Crossroads of East and West: Byzantine and Ottoman Constantinople
In this course we will look at Istanbul’s multi-layered historic past during its thousand years as a capitol of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We will survey the city’s changing social and religious landscapes as well as the complex relationships among Christians, Muslims, and Jews, considering the city during the reigns of Constantine and Suleyman the Magnificent, among others, and ending with an examination of 1950s demolition projects. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the city’s diverse religious communities and their relationships to one another, and they will learn how to analyze the form and growth of a city. 3 hrs. lect. AAL ART HIS MDE

Spring 2018

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HARC 0349 - Architecture Theory      

Image, Text, Theory, Architecture
In this seminar we will examine the emergence and development of core ideas in the experience, practice, and theory of architecture. We will focus first on the reception of Vitruvius in Antiquity and the Renaissance, and then move to a consideration of the key theorists - both moralists and rationalists - of the modern era (including Soane, Ruskin, Viollet le-Duc, Le Corbusier). Emphasis will be placed on the specific historical situations and socio-cultural contexts in which those theories arose, and how they were represented within the field of architecture. By the end of this course students will acquire the literacy required to perceive and articulate the central theories, ideas, and points of view with which architects—and other practitioners of the built environment— operated, and will refine their research and writing skills through research into a particular aspect of architectural history and theory. 3 hrs. Sem ART EUR HIS

Fall 2017

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HARC 1025 - Architectural Fantasies      

Architectural Fantasies
How have buildings stirred the imagination and fulfilled specific kinds of desires at specific historical moments? In this course we will consider the often blurred lines and tensions between fantasy and reality in architecture. Class lectures and discussion will consider fantastical architecture in all its forms and as it was ‘realized’ from the Renaissance to the present day across different cultures and media (paper, models, reproductions, etc),Examples include Leonardo da Vinci’s Golden Horn Bridge, Piranesi’s Capriccios and Carceri, Giulio Camillo’s fabled Memory Theater; Boullée’s Cenotaph, Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, world-exposition pavilions, and Archigram’s drawings in the 1970’s, just to name a few. ART EUR HIS WTR

Winter 2018

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Program in Environmental Studies

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest
531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753