This course will explore critical issues in American Architecture from an interdisciplinary perspective that focuses on the built environment. How do spaces shape history? Can we locate the history of slavery, corporate capitalism, the Cold War, or cultural imperialism, within their respective architectural spaces: the plantation, the family home, the skyscraper, the fallout shelter, or the international hotel? Over the course of the semester we will look at contemporary monographs of specific spaces alongside the work of key architectural historians and theorists. In addition, we will discuss novels, films, and paintings that foreground the centrality of architecture within American modernity.