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Architecture: History & Theory 2 (11022.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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This unit explores the advent of modern architecture through selected built and un-built projects in reference to major eventful dates as it unfolded in Europe and America. Highlighting the architectonic implications of major disciplinary debates, manifestoes, wars, and revolutions that took place in different countries during the first half of the 20th century, a broader scope of the modernity of architecture is plotted. Exploring the realisation of various architectural theories spanning 1851 to 1960s, the implications of modernity are also explored in reference to non-western architectural culture. Recognising the importance of industrial techniques, materials, and skills in particular, the unit presents architecture in association to time and place. The unit provides an understanding of modern architecture that surpasses the generalities established by style issue, and didactic approaches to architecture, technical or formal.

The lectures choreographed for this unit will provide students an in-depth view of historical, technical and disciplinary issues emerging since the advent of Industrial Revolution, and that design manifests a productive crossing between individual creativity and historical necessity.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and classify the major elements of modern architecture and its difference with the architecture of pre-modern times;

2. Provide detailed classification of major aspects of modern movement architecture;

3. Analyse and explain organizational, spatial, formal, and the aesthetics identifiable with modern architecture in general terms, and in specifics as it evolved in different geographies; and

4. Identify the ethical responsibilities architects faced during various developmental stages of modern movement architecture.

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Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture on-campus and one 1 hour workshop on-campus per week.


11016 BE: History and Culture.



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Equivalent Units

9775 History & Theory 2: Modernity & 20th Century Architecture.

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