Lecture 1. Architectural Models in Pre- and Ancient History

This lecture covers the oldest architectural models. It discusses a number of models around the eastern Mediterranean and the “fertile crescent” before moving to examples from the Americas, China, Japan, and Indonesia showing models that stretch across geography and time. Though different models were used very differently, they can most generally be said to occupy a traditional space between states – whether this is between life and death, between enlightenment and corporeality or between the sacred and the profane. The lecture also shows that this is a tradition that stretches into modern times and in some places still exists today. It emphasizes that this is the first and most robust tradition of architectural model making in the world, not the way that we use them today.

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