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Polemic Design in China Japan Korea (ABPL90388)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90388
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Fragments of design thinking in East Asia, such as those of Japan and of current China, are well known or at least accessible. Yet there is hardly a concise, critical and comprehensive study on modern and current architecture of China, Japan and Korea together, as a whole and as a challenging case in design thinking on the world stage. This subject aims to provide such a study. The teaching and the debate in this subject focus on ‘polemic’ designs in these countries from the 1950s to the 2010s – designs that are interesting or controversial in formal, urban, cultural, social or political sense. By focusing on these critical cases, a broader history of design thinking dating back to the modern and ancient pasts, and generic currents of design practice in relation to the modern political history of the countries and the region are also studied. This subject aims to explore a gap of knowledge in the current design discourse on modernism and contemporary architecture. It aims to help construct a pluralist and multi-polar knowledge of architecture of the world in which a non-western case provides a critical contribution.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completing this subject, students should have obtained:

  • A general knowledge of modern and current architecture of east Asia (China, Japan & Korea);
  • A set of focused cases of post-war and current architecture of the three countries;
  • A deeper knowledge and an insight obtained through a self-driven, self-defined mini-thesis on an architect or a design;
  • Skills of deep/close reading;
  • Skills of catalogue/bibliographic research;
  • Basic skills of critical analysis (historical, formal and spatial);
  • Skills of writing;
  • Skills of presentation.

Generic skills

  • Skills of deep/close reading;
  • Skills of catalogue/bibliographic research;
  • Basic skills of critical analysis (historical, formal and spatial);
  • Skills of writing;
  • Skills of presentation.

Last updated: 9 August 2019