CRAN Symposium 2014: Traditions of Home

Learn about traditional domestic symbols that have been part of home design throughout the centuries.


Join Witold Rybczynski on a tour of the history and customs of Western home traditions. You'll explore practicality vs. custom, fashion vs. comfort, and how certain elements have maintained a persistent presence well into modern 21st century life. 

Learning objectives

  • Examine the difference between passing domestic fashions, established custom, and deeply-rooted cultural traditions such as privacy and comfort.
  • Understand the deep historical roots of privacy and comfort in the home and how they have affected house design.
  • Track the origin of longstanding domestic symbols such as the threshold, the front door, the porch, and the hearth.
  • Learn how art can be used as a tool to understanding the evolution of domestic decor, furnishings, and functional arrangements in the home.

This course is part of a series

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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
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  • Witold Rybczynski

    Hon. AIA

    Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Witold Rybczynski is a Canadian-American architect, professor, and writer who has written about...