Jan 18, 2022  
2021 - 2022 University Catalog 
    
2021 - 2022 University Catalog
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ARCH 576 - Theoretical Origins of Modernism


Prerequisites: ARCH 325 , Senior standing
Requirement Fulfillment: Architecture Elective
This course introduces students to some of the key theorists who laid the philosophical groundwork for modern architecture, among them Laugier, Durand, Ruskin, Viollet-le-Duc, Morris, Wagner, and Loos. It emphasizes close readings of original theoretical texts and evaluation of subsequent critical assessments. It analyzes thematically the concerns of modern thinkers as they emerge and then transform across time - rationalism, the artist as romantic individualist, architecture as an agent of social reform, the craft ideal, organicism, the questions of ornament and style. Lectures and discussions explore the theorists’ pivotal ideas, their influence on the contemporary world of architectural practice, and their relation to the intellectual, social, and political predicaments of the day.

3 credits
Alternate Spring



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