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Formative Ideas in Architecture (ABPL30053)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30053
Semester 1
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Formative Ideas in Architecture forms part of the Design Histories Specialisation.

This subject will examine the importance of formative ideas in architecture, design, culture, technology, practice and history from the Enlightenment to early Modernism.

The subject will include study of the following themes: enlightenment, the rise of archaeology and neo-classicism; the emerging language of Modernity including the picturesque and revivalism; the industrial revolution and its implications for new modes of engineering and functionalism; the rise of the architecture, landscape and planning professions; designing and documenting the modern metropolis; colonialism and imperialism across the world; visualising the history of architecture; social and political reform in design and interiors.

Historical precedents will be considered within their social, cultural, environmental and landscape contexts and analysed through concerns such as spatial organisation, technologies and theories of architecture as expressed in key texts and ideas.

International influence and exchange will be examined through comparison to Australian and local significant sites and buildings.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in the history of architecture between the 18th and 20th Century;
  • Analyse buildings, landscapes, and architecture images in terms of their context, form, planning, & theoretical ideas;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of architecture and design as a form of social and political representation.

Generic skills

  • Analysis of designed artifacts in their historical context.
  • Understanding of history as a discipline and as a process.  
  • Understanding of the social, cultural and environmental context of architecture.
  • Familiarity with reading key texts and images in the history of architecture.
  • Writing and presentation skills to undergraduate standard.
  • Recognition and understanding of architecture terminology.

Last updated: 10 August 2019