This course will survey architecture in the United States and Europe from the late nineteenth century to the present. We will investigate architecture as a language of communication that articulates individual and social identity through codes of form and space. Through major movements and figures, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Frank Gehry, we will study the tension between innovation and tradition, the impact of industrialization and the promise of new technologies.
In this course, a series of writing exercises will aim to develop skills of visual description and critical analysis. These will consist of:
1. a journal of reading on contemporary architectural "events"
2. 2 short (2-4 pages) essays
3. midterm test and final exam based on the visual material presented in class and assigned readings.
Texts: (available at the Odyssey Bookshop or Amazon)
Curtis, W.J.R., Modern Architecture since 1900, 3rd ed.
Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture
Venturi, R., Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
Monday 10-12. Thursday 4-5 p.m. and by appointment
206 Art Building
tel: 538-2474 (voice mail)