Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Architectural History 3: Modern and Contemporary Architecture

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION The study-unit deals with the historical evolution of modern architecture and urbanism. The study-unit is intended to foster an appreciation in tracing the course of modern architecture. Specific emphasis will be devoted to the placement of the individual building and the built environment in its specific historic, social and geographical context.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

The study-unit is designed to provide the student with a broad overview and understanding of the evolution of modern architecture during the 20th century. The course will go beyond traditional Western historiography and will consider other cultures in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

That the course and development of modern architecture is not a linear narrative process but a complex multi-cultural product of various societies which are in a continual state of flux.

At the end of the study-unit the student will be in a position to appreciate, analyse and discuss historical and theoretical issues pertaining to modern and contemporary architecture.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will have:

- Been exposed to a critical awareness of the artistic and social qualities inherent in architecture and the building process as a cultural product of its time;
- A comprehensive understanding of the history of modern architecture.
- Developed a critical outlook as analyse the relationship between modern architecture and the socio-cultural and political forces that shape it.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- William J.R. Curtis, Modern Architecture since 1900, Phaidon Press Limited, (latest edition).
- Alan Colquhoun, Modern Architecture, Oxford University of Art.
- Kenneth Frampton, A Critical History of Modern Architecture, Thames and Hudson, World of Art, (latest edition).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 70%
Classwork SEM2 Yes 30%

LECTURER/S Conrad Thake

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