Course Description:

Throughout northern India, a variety of masonry architecture evolved between 400 and 600 A.D. to provide a house for images of deities. These structures can be seen as one of Architecture's most extreme cases: where the form itself becomes a primary function of the monument. Several problems can be addressed in approaching these temples: the sources of their unique form; the nature of the symbolism embodied; and the remarkable variety of regional expressions over time given by craftsmen to this otherwise homogeneous model.

This seminar intends primarily to train your eye to see the forms of the temple, to recognize their meanings, to be able to test and analyse their evolution over time, and as a final project to interpret and discuss their regional expressions.