Expressive Culture: Images--V55.0722
Architecture in New York: Field Study
Fall 2004
This class meets on Fridays at 12:30pm in room 300 Silver Center (Main Building).
Professor M.G. Broderick
Preceptors: Patrick Amsellem and Lauren Jacobi

Office Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15-5pm in 303 Silver Center or by appointment. Professor Broderick's email is You may leave a message for any of us with the secretary in the office of Fine Arts Department at 998-8180. Mr. Amsellem may be reached through email at: Ms. Jacobi at

Attendance is required at all classes. Students missing more than one class risk a lowering of their grade. Only a note from a doctor certifying illness will be considered appropriate as an excuse for missing class. An attendance sheet will be passed out at each class. Be certain you sign the sheet each week. A student is required to take and pass the midterm and final exam and complete a term paper.

Grades will be determined on the basis of a mid-term, a final, and paper. The reserve is in Bobst Library. We will discuss the format of the exams and give you suggestions as to how to study for them at length in lecture and on the field study. We will not accept papers on disk or via email. Papers turned in late will be marked down, unless accompanied by a medical excuse signed by a doctor.

We will rigorously adhere to a strict examination policy. If a student is found cheating on an examination, the student will be given the grade of F for the course. No make-up examinations will be given except under the Fine Arts Department policy. A copy of this policy is included in the papers given to you today and is posted on the door of the Fine Arts Department. No incompletes will be given.

Explanation of Grades:
A indicates superior work
B indicates above average, very good work. A grade of B does not mean that you have done anything wrong, it is above average, but not a superior grade.
C indicates average work
D indicates poor work
F well...why bother
Web site:
This class also has a web site, which you may find helpful when studying. The address is:
Please bring a metrocard with you to class. This will save time and allow us to arrive at our destination quickly.
Subway Map:
It is a good idea to get a map and keep it with you to get home. The Taurnac book also contains terrific bus and subway maps for Manhattan and the boroughs.
Words of Warning About the Weather:
Listen to weather reports carefully before you come to class each week and wear appropriate clothing. Thunder storms and sleet are predicted for the first class!
I have bad luck with weather, so be prepared for anything! Also, forget fashion and wear comfortable shoes.
Helpful Reading:

Finney, Jack. Time and Again. New York:1970

Harris, Neil. Building Lives. New Haven:1999 (Ch. 1 & 3)

Linklater, Andro. Measuring America. 2002 (Ch. 1 & 13)

Sante, Luc. Low Life. New York:1991 (Ch. 2 & 3-Part 1)

Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence,. New York: 1920. Any edition.

White, E. B. Here is New York. New York 1949. (Any edition)

Willensky, Elliot and White, Norval. The AIA Guide to New York. 4th Edition. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.
Lopate, Philip, Writing New York, New York, 1998
Strongly Recommended to Consult for Study Purposes:

Burrows, Edwin G and Wallace, Mike. Gotham. New York, 1999.

Gayle, Margot. A Walking Tour of Cast Iron Architecture in New York. New York, 1984.

Jackson, Kenneth A. The Encyclopedia of New York. New Haven, 1995.

Reynolds, Donald M. The Architecture of New York City. New York, 1984+.

Tauranac, John. Essential New York. New York, 1979.

Sept. 9: Introduction: Looking at buildings and The Battery
Sept. 16: South Street
Sept. 23: Wall Street
Sept. 30: City Hall
Oct 7: SOHO
Oct 14: East Village
Oct. 21: Mid-term, The West Village
Oct. 28: Ladies Mile
Nov. 4: The Upper West Side
Nov. 11: Morningside Heights
Nov. 18: Grand Central
Dec. 2: Park Avenue
Dec. 9: Rockefeller Center
TBD Exam