Because architecture seeks to establish a degree of permanence in the world, it is by definition, not natural, a work of human artifice. But our structures are very much of the earth, and the history of architecture is a record of the manifold ways in which cultures have understood, and responded to, their relationship to nature. This course will explore the ways in which the natural world has been interpreted and modeled through slides and lectures. Weekly readings will explore the history and theory of architectural practice. Students will be expected to participate in class discussion. Weekly responses to the readings are required, which will include both writing and drawing. A final presentation is also required.