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Architecture & Landscape Design

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Sundays, May 3 - 17 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ARC-4051
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

This series of walking tours with an architectural and urban historian explores the historical evolution of Providence from its colonial streets and landmark buildings to Victorian industrial sites and the changing face of Providence today. For those who took the "Exploring Providence" course in the fall, this walking tour series delves even further into the sunny spaces and dark corners of the city's urban plan.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Apr 20 - May 11 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ARC-3250
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

A city devoted to beauty in all its forms, Florence has been home to some of the greatest artists and patrons in European history. From its origins as a Roman encampment and Medieval banking powerhouse to its zenith as the cradle of the Renaissance, the streets, squares and buildings of Florence are time capsules of human achievement. This course will explore the colorful personalities who shaped the city, the artists and artisans who brought it renown through their work, and the extraordinary legacy of sublimely beautiful architecture, paintings, sculpture and gardens.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Mar 2 - 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ARC-3251
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Join globe-trekking architectural historian John Tschirch in a visual feast as he lectures on a selection of 17th- and 18th-century European palaces where images of power played supporting roles to pleasure. Among the palaces included are Drottningholm, the summer palace of Swedish Queens; Schonbrunn, the "Austrian Versailles" for the imperial family near Vienna; the villas of Prussian princes and princesses in the verdant countryside of Potsdam; and Tsars-koe-Selo, the luxurious retreat of Russian Emperors and Empresses. These architectural and landscape creations allowed for a full reign of fantasy on the part of their patrons and designers, resulting in some of the most innovative and finely crafted works of art in Western culture. Each palace in this lecture series has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encapsulating the history and culture of its age, and practicing sustainable land management and collections conservation.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Mar 1 - 22 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ARC-3252
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

The houses and gardens of "olde England" are celebrated in poetry, painting and prose. They are considered among the nation’s greatest contributions to the world's cultural heritage. This course explores the creation and restoration of landmark gardens from the Middle Ages to the early 18th century, when England developed its own distinct horticultural and design traditions. The Medieval castle, the Elizabethan country house with its "garden of riddles and secrets," the Baroque splendors of Castle Howard and the Neoclassical elegance of Castle Culzean are among the remarkable heritage sites to be discussed in illustrated lectures.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
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