COURSE LECTURES + READINGS

NOTE: Each student must read texts notated (R) for every class session. Where a text is notated (S), that text is suggested but not required.



1

 W 1/14: INTRODUCTIONWHAT IS THEORY?



2

M 1/19: MLK DAY (NO CLASS)

W 1/21: THE METAPHYSICS of FORM, BEAUTY, + ESSENCE: SOCRATES, PLATO, + ARISTOTLE

  • “Plato,” in Philosophy for Architects, Branko Mitrovic.  p.27-41 (2011) (R)
  • “Aristotle,” in Philosophy for Architects, Branko Mitorvic. p.42-55 (2011) (R)
  • Excerpts from Symposium, Phaedo, and Timaeus, by Plato and from Metaphysics, by Aristotle. Excerpted in Aesthetic Theory: Essential Texts for Architecture and Design, Mark Foster Gage, ed. p.29-51 (2011) (R)


3 

M 1/26: FROM ARCHITEKTON TO ARCHITECTUS: VITRUVIUS “ROMENIZES” GREEK THINKING

Suggested:

W 1/28: BEAUTY + REPRESENTATION, PT. 1: LEON BATTISTA ALBERTI, THEORY

  • Excerpts from On the Art of Building, by Leon Battista Alberti (1452). In Architectural Theory Volume 1: An Anthology from Vitruvius to 1870, Harry Francis Mallgrave, ed. p30-35 (R)

Suggested:



4

M 2/2: BEAUTY + REPRESENTATION, PT. 2: LEON BATTISTA ALBERTI, BUILDING

W 2/4: RULES + EXCEPTIONS: ANDREA PALLADIO and HUMANISM

Suggested:



M 2/9: SNOW DAY / UNIVERSITY CLOSED

W 2/11: TERM PROJECT INTRODUCTION AND CLASS DISCUSSION



6

M 2/16: THE RISE of MODERNITY, PT.1: DESCARTES + KANT

W 2/18: THE RISE of MODERNITY, PT.2: HEGEL + MARX



7

M 2/23: ARCHITECTURE in the  AGE OF REASON, PT.1

W 2/25: ARCHITECTURE in the AGE OF REASON, PT. 2



8

M 3/2: THE HISTORIC AVANT-GARDE, PT.1: FUTURISM + CONSTRUCTIVISM

Suggested:

W 3/5: THE HISTORIC AVANT-GARDE, PT.2: EXPRESSIONISM, NEO-PLASTICISM, + PURISM

Suggested:



9

M 3/9: SPRING BREAK (NO CLASS)

W 3/11: SPRING BREAK (NO CLASS)

SUGGESTED SPRING BREAK READING: 



10

M 3/16: INTERWAR MODERNISM: THE INTERNATIONAL STYLE

W 3/18: POSTWAR MODERNISM: THE NEW MONUMENTALITY + THE CRITIQUE OF FUNCTIONALISM



11

M 3/23: TEAM 10 out of CIAM:  SOFT URBANISM + NEW BRUTALISM

  • “Modern (or Contemporary) Architecture circa 1959,” by Peter L. Laurence in A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture 1960-2010, Elie G. Haddad and David Rifkind, eds. (R)
  • “The New Brutalism,” by Reyner Banham. In A Critics Writes: Essays by Reyner Banham (R)

W 3/25: THE RADICAL 60S: ECOLOGY + TECHNO-UTOPIA



12

M 3/30: THE CRISIS of MODERNISM, PT.1: THE AUTONOMY PROJECT

Suggested:

W 4/1: THE CRISIS of MODERNISM, PT.2: URBAN THEORY AFTER MODERNISM



13

M 4/6: EASTER HOLIDAY BREAK (NO CLASS)

W 4/8: PHENOMENOLOGY, PLACE, + CRITICAL REGIONALISM


14

M 4/13: STRUCTURALISM + THE CRISIS of MEANING

W 4/15: POSTSTRUCTURALISM + THE CRISIS of AUTHORSHIP



15

M 4/20: DIGITALITY, PT.1: FOLDS, BLOBS, + ASSEMBLAGES

W 4/22: DIGITALITY, PT.2: BIM + PARAMETRICISM



16

M 4/27: THE END of THEORY? CRITICALITY + ITS DISCONTENTS.

Suggested:

W 4/29: ARCHITECTURAL THEORY + PRACTICE TODAY



 

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