The Death and Life of Modernist Architecture
Module code: HA3015
Module co-ordinator: Dr Simon Richards
In 1958 the ‘International Congress of Modern Architecture’ was officially dissolved. This marked the symbolic end of the dominant architectural orthodoxy of the twentieth century, which has been characterised by three ideals: comprehensive social overhaul, functionalism, and a machine aesthetic. The architectural profession was in crisis, and the 1960s and ‘70s became an extremely fertile time during which architects sought for new ideals to replace the old. Among the ideals that emerged was a new-found fascination for history, language, community and the environment.
In this module we will do three things. Firstly, we will examine the forces that undermined architectural modernism. Secondly, we will trace the emergence of the various Post-Modern ideals. Thirdly, we will look at the complex ways in which elements of architectural Modernism survived and were rehabilitated in the Post-Modern period.
Among the many architects and theorists to be covered are:
- Le Corbusier
- Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
- Aldo Rossi
- Peter Eisenman
- Rem Koolhaas
- Daniel Libeskind
Teaching and Learning Methods
Lectures, seminar discussions, theoretical readings, presentations, running commentary/blogs on contemporary architectural stories and issues, site visits.
- 3,000-3,500 word essay (50%)
- Three hour examination at the end of the semester (50%)