Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course is a survey of modern, postmodern, and contemporary neo-modern architecture, 1900-present. It follows a narrative of revolution, collectivity, and belief [modernism] followed by irony, skepticism, and disbelief [postmodernism] culminating in the deadpan, post-critical, profit-following architecture of a neo-liberal economy [contemporary neo-modern architecture]. This class will be guided by the sense that modern, postmodern, and neo-modern architecture are a matter of the mechanics of industrialization, post-industrialization, and a specific poetics of ideas. We will start with the The Deutsche Werkbund [1898-1927] and end with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas [Kohn,Pederson, Fox, Associates, 1992] and the Cowboys Stadium [HKS, 2009].
Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture: A Critical History. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1997.
Charles Jencks. The Story of Post-Modernism: Five Decades of the Ironic, Iconic and Critical in Architecture. London: Wiley, 2011.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
attendance; two exams; two short papers each focusing on a local building.
While class is guided by the professor's lectures, it is also a forum for open discussion. Questions and discourse are encouraged here.