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ACH 506: Advanced Research Topics in Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes


Course Title Advanced Research Topics in Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes 
Course Code ACH 506
Course Type Elective  (Graduate Seminar)
Level PhD
Instructor's Name  Assoc. Prof. Nikolas Bakirtzis, Asst. Prof. George Artopoulos
Lectures per Week  2
Laboratories per Week 1
Course Purpose and Objectives

This graduate seminar course addresses key themes and topics in theThis graduate seminar course addresses key themes and topics in the interdisciplinary study of built heritage and cultural landscapes. It is a course designed to challenge students and introduce them to new interdisciplinary research perspectives, driven by advances in digital technologies and visualization,that have revolutionized the ways we study the historically layered landscapes of the Mediterranean.

Built Heritage is an emerging field that focuses on the study of architectural landscapes and built environments, especially cities, aiming at the holistic understanding of the historical, cultural, material and environmental conditions thatinfluenced their spatial configuration, experience and development. Through the delivery of lectures and in-class discussion, students will be introduced to approaches that foster the integration of a wide array of interdisciplinary researchapplications and methods focused on aspects of cities’ past and present realities.Additionally, the study of Cultural Landscapes addresses cultural heritage at thebroad environmental level including both the natural setting and the societal context of heritage. These methodological approaches help us to critically analyzethe complex social, economic and religious networks behind the experience of theurban and rural landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Participating students will be encouraged to think outside the methodological boundaries of traditional disciplines and to be ready to utilize technological and scientific applications in CH and Archaeology to pursue an array of research themes in Art and Architectural History, Archaeology, Urban Studies, theories of space, Film Studies and New Media, etc. Course leaders will pursue topics appropriately chosento meet the needs and interests of participating students. In turn, students will be expected to appropriately develop projects that permit the effective use of interdisciplinary theories, methods and applications. Ideally, these projects will berelated to students’ PhD research.

Learning Outcomes

The theoretical considerations of the seminar will be complemented with focused analysis and presentation of state-of-the-art digital 3D documentation, simulationand data visualization techniques that enable researchers to study and understand the layered complexity of these heritage contexts.

Upon the completion of the seminar students will have:

  - Gained a thorough introduction to key research topics and themes in the field of Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes.

  - Developed a comprehensive, hands-on understanding of the use of advanced technological and scientific application to analyse and interpret the layeredcomplexity of urban and rural landscapes.

  - Developed their own research response to the course’s content and theme inrelation to their own doctoral work.

  - Produced a high-level research paper on their topic of choice.

Prerequisites  None
Background Requirements  None
Course Content

This semester long course will be organized in 3-hour weekly meetings which will be devoted to lectures offered by the course tutor and guest lecturers as well asseminar-discussions and hands-on introductions to advanced scientific andtechnological applications in the field. Furthermore, class-time will be used forstudent presentations. The projected list of lecture and seminar meeting topics is as follows:


1. Defining Built Heritage

2. Landscapes as complex cultural systems

3. The Eastern Mediterranean context and Cyprus

4. Architecture, city and the environment

5. Analyzing historic cities

6. Cultural phenomena, economic flows and their imprint on the landscape

7. Documenting and visualizing urban landscapes

8. Cultural Heritage and Cybertheater: Virtual Shared Spaces for the study of therelationship of Built Heritage and Public Space

9. Life Projects: Urban Modeling and Performative Environments; PreservingCultural Heritage

10. Virtual environments for contested urban space

11. Playful Engagement, Virtual Performances and Embodied Affordances

Teaching Methodology Lectures, seminar discussions, laboratory/ field visits, paper presentations,Lectures, seminar discussions, laboratory/ field visits, paper presentations,research papers

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Assessment Final essay; seminar presentation; participation in class
Language English


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