Building and Bending seeks to address the changing face of Italian architecture through eras of social reform. It seeks to familiarise students with the basic terminology of architecture, provide a history of architecture and urban planning from the medieval burgh to the post-modern city, and consider larger questions about building practices and urban renewal in contemporary Italy. What role does the protection of historical landmarks play in the future of Italian architecture? How have human interests and needs shaped the landscape that houses them through periods of both crisis and economic boom? This course will further be tailored to the city in which it is given and will rely on historic landmarks and class field trips in its interactive approach to architecture, archeology, and anthropology.