051727 - HISTORY AND THEORY OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
051727 - HISTORY AND THEORY OF CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE
The course aims to deepen the problems related to the history of architecture and the city - and their theories - from the second post-war to the first decade of the 21st century. The course intends to focus on the most significant authors, works and urban contexts of Western (European and American) and Eastern (Asian) cultures, reaching the narrowest contemporary. During the lessons will be presented the methodologies of reading the architectural work and the urban design, highlighting the plurality of interpretations and the mutation of the relationships and perspectives set up in the contemporary period between the project and history, architecture and transformation of the city. The aim is to start the student in critical reading of the architectures and texts, in relation to the main interpretive schools and the framing of the main developments in the history of architecture. The course is divided into ex cathedra lessons, exercises, visits, possible tests in the itinerary. In terms of competences, the expected results of the course consist first of all in learning and knowledge of the history of contemporary architecture, particularly in its latest developments, from the Second World War to the present, including the most significant theories connected to it. In terms of capacity, instead, the course intends to activate the student with a critical awareness capable of producing a stand-alone judgment of authors, works, urban contexts, architecture theories and historical methodologies.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
According to the Dublin Descriptors (DdD), passing the exam certifies the acquisition of the following results:
DdD 1 knowledge and understanding
- knowledge and understanding of the most relevant aspects of the cultural debate and of contemporary architectural production.
DdD 2 ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- ability of interpretation and historical-critical reading of the architectural project and the cultural phenomena of contemporaneity.
DdD 3 (autonomy of judgment), 4 (communication skills) and 5 (learning ability)
- ability to communicate the issues of contemporary architecture in a clear and autonomous way of judgment (DdD 3 and 4).
The course explores select experiences, concepts, and events that marked postwar architectural history and theory, analyzing them through an interpretative frame that places emphasis on the interlacements of their intellectual, social, urban, political, artistic, and technological components. It offers students a general background in postwar architectural history and theory as well as an opportunity to deepen the understanding of architectural thinking. The aim is to provide the participants with interpretative tools that can be used to develop a critical reflection on the social and cultural implications of architecture, highlighting the link existing between design practices and historical contexts. Specifically, the course is centered on the study of the periodical as a vehicle for the transmission of architectural ideas and on the analysis of the role the latter has played and still plays in the definition of the architectural discourse: observed through their conceptual, theoretical, graphic, and material dimensions, in fact, architectural journals and magazines offer insights into the historical and cultural contexts from which they originated. As part of the course requirements, students will be asked to carry out a research on specific periodicals: they are expected to identify journals and magazines’ relevant actors as well as their editorial policies and strategies. The work intends to unveil how periodicals contribute to fostering the debate and forming opinion, through which terms, figures, or notions they build their narratives, and in which way they underwrite theoretical, technical, and disciplinary discourses. Moreover, by considering architectural periodicals as vehicles of cultural transfer, the research can lead to charting the international circulation since 1945 of projects, authors, models, and ideas. The course is based on weekly lectures organized in thematic and chronological order, offered by the instructor and by guest scholars presenting and discussing their research; particular importance is given to the introduction to original forms of data visualization and to methodologies and approaches derived from cross-cultural and transnational studies.
Modalità di valutazione
Student evaluation will consist of a written and an oral component. Students will be asked to produce a paper on an assigned subject, agreed upon with the instructor, and to take an exam where the paper’s contents will be discussed in relation to the themes covered by the course. The research work leading to the paper will be carried out by groups of four/five students, following guidelines and respecting deadlines provided by the instructor. Students are expected to develop their research work in coordination with the instructor. The evaluation of students who will not attend the course will equally consist of a written and an oral component. These students are required to contact the instructor to define their evaluation procedure: they will be assigned specific reading and writing tasks that need to be discussed at least in two occasions during the semester.
J.-L. Cohen, The Future of Architecture Since 1889, Editore: Phaidon, Anno edizione: 2012, ISBN: 978-0-7148-4598-2
A. Forty, Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture, Editore: Thames & Hudson, Anno edizione: 2004, ISBN: 978-0500284704
M. K. Hays, Architecture Theory since 1968, Editore: Columbia Books of Architecture - MIT Press, Anno edizione: 1998, ISBN: 0-262-08261-6
H. Jannière; P. Scrivano (eds.), CLARA Architecture-Recherche (Critique architecturale et débat public/Architectural Criticism and Public Debate), Editore: Faculté d'architecture La Cambre Horta, Anno edizione: 2020, ISSN: 2295-3671, Fascicolo: 7
J. Ockman; E. Eigen, Architecture Culture, 1943-1968: A Documentary Anthology, Editore: Columbia Books of Architecture - Rizzoli, Anno edizione: 1993, ISBN: 978-0847815227
T. Schmiedeknecht; A. Peckham (eds.), Modernism and the Professional Architectural Journal. Reporting, Editing and Reconstructing in Post-war Europe, Editore: Routledge, Anno edizione: 2018, ISBN: 978-1-138-94516-6
A. Sornin; H. Jannière; F. Vanlaethem (eds.), Architectural Periodicals in the 1960s and 1970s: Towards a Factual, Intellectual and Material History, Editore: IRHA, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 978-2980782411
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