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052-0834-19L  PhD Teaching - Research in History and Theory of Architecture

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersL. Stalder, to be announced
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
CourseDoes not take place this semester.
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentThis course is not offered in FS19.

AbstractSurvey course of post-war Italian architecture, 10 sessions, thematically organised
ObjectiveStudents can expect to:
1) acquire a rich understanding of post-war Italian architecture
2) further develop their critical thinking skills, which they can use to to analyse and discuss contemporary works of architecture
ContentIn the years spanning from the end of WW2 to the late 1980s, Italian architects produced highly influential design and written works. The present course will unpack the complexities of these seminal texts, buildings, and exhibitions in two ways: by highlighting their contextual meaning within Cold War politics and Fordist economics, and by foregrounding their significance to today’s architectural discourse and practice. Over the semester we will thus encounter a number of key figures of the post-war era (Luigi Moretti, Ernesto Nathan Rogers, Aldo Rossi, etc) whose work will be understood in relation with both the national situation during the so-called ‘First Republic’ (1948-92), and with international networks of people, ideas, and images of the same period. In so doing, the course will encourage the students to draw parallels between built works, theories, and material conditions, as well as introduce them to a large critical apparatus.

Italian Modern will be structured around readings, weekly seminar meetings, and student presentations, and its organisation will be thematic - with sessions on topics as diverse as trauma and memory, neorealism, the problem of continuity in history, Americanisation, concrete and nation building processes, megastructures, pop/counterculture, architectural autonomy, and postmodernism.
LiteratureAll the readings will be available in PDF format on the course website, and a reader will be available for purchase