||Descriptive (explanatory) and prescriptive (normative) theories. Architecture as a proxy for all design disciplines.
||The canonical definition and its contemporary extension.
||The "Primitive Hut" and the Neoplatonic search for the origins of architecture.
||Protofunctionalism. Functionalism (Modernism). Postmodernism.
||The Ogden and Richards Triangle: Signifier and Signified.
|Denotation & Connotation
||Roland Barthes and the relationship between denotative and connotative meaning.
||Roland Barthes and the concept of "sign-function". Norberg-Schulz. Umberto Eco: Similarities between architecture and mass communication.
|The idea of Type
||Quatremere de Quincy: Three fundamental aspects of type. Ernesto Rogers. Rafael Moneo.
|Intention & Interpretation
||Production and fruition of form. Ordering space and making sense of it. The role of the user. Is a coffee pot a work of architecture?