UC Davis AHI 184
Fall Quarter, 2010
“Modern Architecture” in Europe and
Tuesdays + Thursdays, 10:30-11:50
Instructor: Simon Sadler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 208, Walker Hall
PTAs: If there is a waitlist for this class, a computer will allocate places as enrolled students
No PTAs are available for this class.
If you are on the waitlist and this procedure is
unsuitable for you, you may need to consider dropping the class straightaway.
Read this carefully—it explains the thinking behind the course and its evaluation
This course studies the twentieth-century architecture which transformed the European and
American built environment, spreading throughout the world, and which is widely known as the
Modern Movement. It considers the Modern Movement’s styles and forms, its historical contexts,
its aims, and the theories underpinning its design. It considers what made modern architecture
different to what had come before and what came after. By the end of the course, you should
have developed some ideas about what it means to be “modern.” I am hoping you will contribute
to discussions when they arise and I would like you to think carefully about the following points as
you progress through the course:
Are modernist buildings best understood as rational, technological and anti-traditional, or
as crafted, organic and contextual?
Were modernist buildings modern in the ways that they were built, in the ways in which
they were used, in the values they conveyed?
Did modern architecture make people’s lives better?
READING FOR CLASS
Modern Architecture: a critical history
, London: Thames & Hudson; 4th
edition, 2007, ISBN-10: 0500203954; ISBN-13: 978-0500203958
AHI 184 Syllabus
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