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Modern to Post-modern Architecture
Good BA (Hons) or equivalent in related subject.
This module is available as an elective
On completion of this module, students should arrive at a critical understanding of key texts, examples and theories of modernist and postmodernist architecture. They should be able to analyse and discuss critically specific case studies and have a general overview of the subject as a result of independent reading and focussed classwork. They should be able to engage in detailed critical debate and writing about the topic and have some understanding of how it relates to their overall programme of studies.
This module examines key moments in the transition from modernist to postmodernist architectural practices and theories in the 20th-21st centuries. Following a broadly chronological path, it will trace the growth of the modern and post-modern metropolis in Berlin, Paris, LA and elsewhere, focussing on case studies of specific buildings, cities, architects and theorists and attempting to understand architecture as a site of complex meanings, intentions and readings, showing too how these interrelate with social history and the history of forms and stylistic change. Case studies will be accompanied by close readings of specific texts dealing with themes taken from the following list: Modernism and Utopia; the relation between Modernist painting and sculpture and the traditions of Modernist architecture; the poetics of space; Architecture and the unconscious; Rationalist and anti-rationalist architecture; varieties of Postmodernism; Berlin and the IBA project; The Parc de la Villette, Paris; Las Vegas Style, Post-human architecture; Deconstructive strategies; Post-modern high-tech; Cyber and virtual architecture. Students will be required to give a presentation on a related theme as part of their coursework and assessment will be by summative examination.
Form of teaching
Seminars: 10 x 3 hours; 1 x 1 hour revision class
Form of assessment
1 x 4000-6000 word essay
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