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Special Topics: Insight on Site: Context, Continuity and Congrituty (HP 301-01)
Fall 2008, lecture/seminar course, three (3) credit hours

Time and Location

Thursday, 2:00-4:50 PM
Architecture 108


Lecture- and seminar-based course


Philip Cryan Marshall, Professor
Email: Provided in class.

Mobile 508.951.8562, Office: 401.254.3061
Office: SAAHP 247

Office Hours

Advising hours will be posted on my faculty office door each week, a week in advance. This semseter they are:

Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 - 10:30 am
and as needed

Please sign up and bring an agenda. If you plan to discuss drafts, proposals, drawings, field notes, photographs, or similar material, please leave a copy in my faculty mailbox with a note asking me to preview your work at least two days before your meeting — to provide enough time to consider carefully your work before getting together.

Catalog Description

Variable content dealing with significant aspects and themes in Architecture, in the areas of history/theory of architecture, environmental and behavior; technical systems, and professional practices.

Course Description

This semetser, the special topics, Insight on Site, looks at the factors affectign the development and land use of our built environments, in the context of the urgent needs facing our country (and world). Current, innovative initiatives are addressed, with examples provided at the national, state and local level.


 Junior standing.


  • Course lecturers and discussion
  • Course readings, followed by class discussion
  • Course readings, followed by independent analysis
  • Independent, self-directed documentation of a particular site or issue
  • Guest lecturers, with your active participation in discussion
  • Site visits, conducted independently by students, alone or as a

Student Responsibilities

Assignments handed in after their due date will be reduce by one letter grade, at a minimum; papers will not be accepted beyond a week after the due date; and 'incomplete' for the course will not be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances and a request for an extension presented in writing.

Have each week's assignments completed before the class as you will be expected to analyze and discuss the readings and, possibly, take a quiz.

Advising hours will be posted as soon as faculty schedules for school, program, and committee meetings have been set. Required and recommended reading and texts will be reviewed during the first class.

Summary of responsibilities:

  • Attend all classes, site visits, and field trips
  • Work as involved, responsible member of all project teams
  • Actively participate in class discussions
  • Complete assignments (word-processed or electronic, when written) by due dates
  • Advise faculty about any concerns, tutoring, and special needs


  • Attendance: participation mandatory
  • Assignments, refer to assignments.

Bibliography and Reading

Reading for the course will be posted on the Web. The reading is typically referenced, and linked, in the Web-based syllabus, which will be added to throughout the semester. As a rule, you should check the schedule and weekly requirements, reading a week before beginning your preparation, to make sure you have the latest postings.


Refer to Assignments

Schedule of Class Meetings


Equipment and Supplies

Digital camera.


Students agree that by taking this course all required assignments may be subject to submission for textural similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagarism.

Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a disability for which you wish to receive academic accommodations, you must first register with Disability Support Services on the second floor of the University Library in the Center for Academic Development.

Please feel free to set up a meeting with me to talk.