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063-0117-16L  Theory of Architecture III: Architectural Theories of the 20th Century Today

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersM. Gnehm
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractThe lecture course discusses the relevance of 19th- and 20th-century theories of architecture for present-day architectural practice.
ObjectiveUnderstanding of historical and political contingencies of theoretical issues in architecture.
ContentThe lecture course, divided into two semesters, discusses theories of architecture of the last two centuries in view of current architectural practice. Theoretical issues will be analysed in context of their historical contingencies, present-day buildings confronted with historical ones. Spring semester (Architectural theories of the 19th century today) and autumn semester (Architectural theories of the 20th century today) can be attended independently. During autumn semester, topics include urbanism; organic architecture; modern architecture; technicism; anthropology; semiotics and structuralism; deconstruction, postmodernism, post-structuralism; Marxism and critical regionalism; globalisation and postcolonialism; anthropology and material culture.