Yale College Spring 2012 Arch 261b History of Architecture II: Modern Architecture, from the Enlightenment to the Millennium Professor: Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen ( [email protected] ) TF: Matthew Gin ( [email protected] ) TA: Saga Blane ( [email protected] ) Lectures Tuesday and Thursdays 10:35-11:25 Reading sessions: TBA (online registration to reading sections available) This course covers modern architecture and urbanism from its Enlightenment origins to the present. Lectures cover the work of important architects and their work, while readings introduce students to key historical texts and the work of scholars in the field. The period under discussion begins with the realization that architecture is a product of human mind and experienced by the senses, rather than an outcome of natural processes. This shift in human relationship to the built environment has gone hand in hand with the idea that architecture can be used as a tool for managing the resources of modern society and, in so doing, has the ability to shape the destinies of both individuals and societies. We will learn about the theoretical debates marked by the constant reassessment of the design methods, representational tools, and construction techniques, which have shaped architectural practice, as well as modern architects’ complex relationship with time – past, present and future – characterized by perennial obsession both with the disciplinary origins and utopian ideals of architecture and urbanism. Image-rich lectures will teach students to appreciate architecture as a multi-sensory art form, which binds together program, form, and space in ways that is ideally both functional and experientially engaging. Each session will consist of a 45 min lecture devoted to key architects and their work, followed by brief question and answer period; discussion sessions will focus on primary readings. Each week students should come up with a question regarding the readings and share it with their discussion group. In the end of each thematic part (e.g “Transformation of Classical Language”), students are asked to write a two-page (c. 500 word) synthetic essay on the accumulative readings of that part; five in total are required. The first part of the course is devoted to 18 th and 19 th century and the second half to 20 th century architecture. Students take two exams, which calls for a recognition and analysis of two buildings and the discussed during each half of the course (500 words each). The topic of the final paper can be freely chosen, yet approved by the professor in advance (see submission dates below). It should be based on a closed reading of chosen body of buildings and texts and meet highest scholarly standards in terms of research, analysis, and composition. The final papers (no longer than 12 pages) should be footnoted, illustrated with proper captions, and include a bibliography. Grading Breakdown: Final paper 30%; Exams combined 30%; Synthetic essays and discussion participation 30%; attendance 10%.
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