Architecture’s Global History is an atlas of events, buildings, places, and topics significant to the development of architecture over the past six hundred years. Created in fall 2013, the site consists of work created by students in the School of Architecture at Syracuse University in a course taught by Jonathan Massey.

The drop-down menu above links to four projects. Contemporary Controversies indexes reports on current events selected by students as a framework for developing hypotheses and asking questions about architecture’s role in politics. In Historical Hypotheses, students pursued the issues they identified in the controversy reports back through time. This contemporary and historical research is georeferenced via the placemarkers in an online map.

Syracuse students collaborated with students at Hong Kong University to create a set of Globalization Timelines identifying ways that architecture mediated 19th-century globalization in port cities around the world. They completed their research by drawing Conclusions in short papers drawing on previous projects.

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The atlas is developing in dialogue with faculty at Syracuse University and scholars from the Mellon Workshop in Teaching the Global History of Architecture, and with assistance from teaching assistants Nilay Akbas, David Domke, Rebecca Marsh, and Xuyun Liu.

The project of studying the history of architecture globally is an emergent one, so in addition to presenting bodies of established knowledge the course encourages exploration and speculation by asking students not only to assimilate scholarship but also to pose questions and test hypotheses. The atlas is a framework for learning, so the interpretations that appear here are provisional and information may contain inaccuracies.