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11216 Architectural History and Theory: Modernity and Modernism

Requisite(s): 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90375 Core Subjects BAArch AND 11212 Architectural History and Theory: Orientations AND 11209c Architectural Design: Making AND 11208c Architectural Design: Architectural Communications 2 AND 11206c Introduction to Construction and Structural Synthesis
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This subject considers the relationship between the diverse practices of modernism in art and architecture, and theories of modernity as they bear on and are challenged by these practices. The subject develops students' abilities to read and understand key aspects of architectural design through case study analysis. Although focused on the 20th century, the subject covers some important antecedent examples from the 19th and occasionally 18th centuries where relevant. Rather than attempt a broad survey of architectural history, the subject focuses on key ideas as manifested over time, using illustrative cases. Assigned readings complement the lectures to give students an overview of how architectural ideas and aesthetics have evolved. Themes considered may include industrialisation, impacts of technology, the modern concept of space, debates about style and ornament, ideas and practices of avant-gardism, utopianism and revolution, new social formations, abstraction, hygiene, and geopolitics, particularly the reception of modernism in Europe, North America and Australia.

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Spring session, City campus

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