Five College Consortium

The Colonial City

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
Architectural Studies
Course Number: 
257
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as ARHA 257, ARCH 257, and BLST 253) Creole dwellings were first erected by enslaved builders working under Diego Colón (the son of Christopher Columbus) on the island of Hispaniola. By the end of the first wave of European expansion in the early nineteenth century, the creole style existed across imperial domains in the Caribbean, North and South America, Africa, the Indian Ocean, and even Asia. We will examine the global diffusion of this architectural typology from its emergence in the Spanish Caribbean to its florescence in British and French India in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. In doing so, we will address buildings and towns in Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, and British colonies worldwide. Some of the urban centers that we will engage include: Kingston, Jamaica; Pondicherry, India; Cape Town, South Africa; Cartagena, Colombia; Saint-Louis, Senegal; and Macau, China. In investigating both creole structures and the cities that harbored such forms, we will think through the social and economic factors that caused buildings and urban areas to display marked continuities despite geographical and imperial distinctions.

Fall semester. Professor Carey.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
ARHA-257-01,ARCH-257-01,BLST-253-01
Schedule #: 
ARCH-257-01-1819F

Course Sections

The Colonial City
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Dwight Carey dcarey@amherst.edu TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM FAYE 217