UC Davis, Department of Art and Art History AHI 187 Summer Session II, 2010Contemporary Architecture since c. 1966Tuesdays + Thursdays, Art 217, TR 11:00-1:30Instructor: Simon Sadler, [email protected]. Office hours: by appointmentOffice: 208 Walker Course Reader: Crystal FountainCOURSE CONTENT & AIMSRead this carefully—it explains the thinking behind the course and its evaluation This course introduces some key styles, buildings, designersand debatesin the history of architecture over the last four decades. In particular, it asks how architecture can be evaluated in a period of uncertainty—uncertainty in design(following the “crisis” in modernismwhich had been the dominant architectural movement of the twentieth-century), in culture(subject to “postmodern” diversification away from a core common culture), political economy(i.e. the relationship between politics, culture and economy; this has recently been characterized by a strong move towards the market and globalization), in technology(particularly the rise in information technology), and in the environment(prompting the demand for sustainability). You will be asked to consider whether, and if so how, contemporary architecture enables people and societies to address accelerating uncertainty and change. For example, your term paper will consider architects’intentions, and critical responses to those intentions. Consider, for instance, the sources of inspiration and “authority” for the architecture you’ve studied in each class. •Does it draw on precedent and tradition, or innovationand progress?•Does it look “outwards” to revere nature, or “inwards” to language and meaning•Does it look towards localcommunity, or to cosmopolitan and transnationalculture?, ?AHI 187 Syllabus1PLEASE READ THIS SYLLABUS CAREFULLY BEFORE ASKING THE INSTRUCTOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COURSE. Also check the course website on SmartSite.
•Does it celebrate capitalism, or resist it?•Is it individualist(e.g. private houses) or more collectivist(e.g. public facilities)? •Does it seem more concerned with form, or with concept•Does it express physical stabilityor instability? Does it express feelings of certaintyor ambiguity•To what extent does the architecture seem concerned with details of materials, structure, shape, surface???READING FOR CLASSJames Steele, Architecture Today, London: Phaidon, 1997, ISBN: 0714840971 (Required, available used)Charles Jencks & Karl Kropf, eds., Theories and Manifestoes of Contemporary Architecture, London: Wiley Academy, 2005, 2nded., ISBN: 978-0-470-01469-1 (Recommended; 2ndedition is updated, though the 1stedition (1997) is available used) OUTLINE OF CLASSES8/3 1. IntroductionSteele: Introduction, Chap. 1Jencks & Kropf: Introduction, 2; Tafuri, 244;