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Architectural Cultures 1: Modernism (ABPL90288)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90288
Semester 1
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This subject surveys the ways in which architecture as a discipline and a profession influenced, reciprocated and sometimes shaped the changing ideological, social and political environment of the 20th century and after.

It identifies key ideas and interventions at different scales ranging from domestic buildings to urban institutions and environments.

Who/what were the agents, organizations, projects and users – and what were their legacies?

Each lecture will link architectural movements and texts to built works and built environments focusing on specific examples and people that best illustrate key ideas. The theme of each lecture will be formulated around the critical analysis of the legacy of these various orientations and their positive or negative outcomes or reception.

Students will examine colonial and imperial cities, the European avant garde, American modernism, CIAM 8 and social programs and utopian movements.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  • Understand the historical development of architecture.
  • Understand social, political, historical and cultural contexts through contextualisation of knowledge on the built environment.
  • Be aware of intellectual discourses that have influenced or are influenced by specific periods and issues.
  • Be aware of specific examples and individuals or groups that are central to intellectual discourses.

Generic skills

  • Research through the selection of architectural case studies and regular use of the library.
  • Critical thinking and analysis through required reading, discussion, essay writing and presentations and assessment of arguments.
  • Communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically, in written and oral form through essays, discussion and class presentations .
  • Selection and critique of architectural case studies.

Last updated: 11 January 2018