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063-0802-00L  History and Theory in Architecture VIII (M.Delbeke/B.Hub/L.Stalder)

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersM. Delbeke, L. Stalder, B. Hub
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractThe course offers an advanced introduction into the practices and debates of architectural history and theory.
ObjectiveBasic knowledge of the history and theory of the architecture.
ContentMaarten Delbeke, Berthold Hub: The Column

The definition of the orders as the key element of ancient architecture from the 15th century took place as much in the design of buildings as in graphic media such as drawings, engravings and paintings. There, the column became a motif associated with particular iconographies – such as the Annunciation – in ways that fed back into the research of architects and builders. In this course, we explore the iconography of the column from the Renaissance up to the present in order to trace the meanings that became attached to it, but also to understand the different uses and appropriations of the columns as a motif in visual expression. The course will consist of lectures, student presentations and visits to collections of art works.

Laurent Stalder: What new about New Brutalism?

Taking the English avant-garde as an example, the lecture examines the deep transformations in architecture during the postwar period. The focus lies on the question of performance in architecture, from constructive questions (e.g., prefabrication), structural challenges (e.g., theory of plasticity), physical properties (e.g., isolation), infrastructural changes (e.g., pipes and machines), to spatial challenges and their aesthetic consequences for people, architecture, and the environment. The goal of the lecture is to use the recent architectural history to shed light on different concepts still relevant for contemporary architecture.