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4.696 A Global History of Architecture Writing Seminar

By Prof Mark Jarzombek


<political centers of the Mongol world> In the last class we looked at the architecture and urbanism of the world as it was known to the Mongolians. During that class I introduced Janet Abu-Lughod’s idea that a ‘premodern world-system ’ existed c. 1300. <abu-lughod excerpt> In our continuing effort to understand the architectural and geographic dimensions of Abu-Lughod’s assertion that c. 1300 the globe was integrated through exchange in unprecedented ways, we will examine port cities. Specifically, we will look at ports on the Indian Ocean that facilitated global exchange, and nurtured new tastes for luxuries and ornaments like silk and porcelain. <trading centers of the indian ocean region> Besides thinking about the architectural connections and social relationships across these ports, it is important to analyze the relationship between ports and non-coastal centers of power, commerce and production. <pilgrimage cities that connected significantly with trading activities&gt

Year: 2008
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