Architecture and the City



Architectural history is more than a stylistic, material, and object-oriented field of study. The broader context within which a building sits; the spatial conversation between buildings within public space; the design of streets, transport, and services; and the cultural, economic, and biological processes of people that inhabit and negotiate these spaces – within what we call the ‘urban’ – has always been a fundamental component of the discourse of architectural history. This course explores how architecture intersects with the idea of the ‘city’ in its various guises through history from the Renaissance to the present day. Students will examine the city as form, system, infrastructure, theatre, ecology, cradle of society, engine of capital, political surface, producer of national identity, and techno-utopia. Lecturer: Dr Christopher Cowell.

Date, Time, and Place

Day-time course: Time and venue to be confirmed. This course will be taught online due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. Online lectures may be prerecorded and made available at the time the lectures should be scheduled, or they may be live on Zoom. Live lectures are not necessarily recorded, so you may have to attend at the time stated. for updates text ‘INFO’ to 087 257 2015.


This lecture-only module comprises of two lectures per week over one term commencing in September 2021.

Course Fees

€150 for the course. The concession rate for the course is €75.* * The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is a Social Welfare pension or payment, Jobseekers, Health Board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.


Please check our website after 16 August for updates on enrolment dates and term dates.

Applications in person and by post for 2021-22 courses are suspended.

You may apply online or by phone* as follows:

ONLINE: You may register and pay by credit/debit card online at AFTER enrolments open for each term.

By telephone: Please text ‘APPLY FOR COURSE’ TO 087 257 2015* and you will receive a call back.

Please note that the phone will be very busy during the application period and staff continue to work from home so there may be a delay in replying to you. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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