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DescriptionThis course will explore the architectural genesis of the modern world. Beginning with the vital structural innovations of the late Victorian era, the course will trace the rise and spread of Modernism in European and American architecture. It will focus upon the earliest stirrings of Modernism per se in the Europe of the early 20th century (as in the work of Le Corbusier & the Bauhaus), before following the inter-war flight of the European intelligentsia to Britain and the USA. Its subsequent focus will then be principally upon the collision between the existing architectural culture of the USA (such as the work of architects such as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright) and the incoming flood of European Modernist ideas.
The course will then conclude by concentrating upon such relevant contemporary topics as the influence of Le Corbusier, and of US Brutalism, upon British post-WW2 mass density housing; the advent of Post-Modernism - with particular attention being devoted to the works of architects such as Robert Venturi and Daniel Liebeskind and the use of CAD and the contemporary architecture of Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and Frank Gehry.
Programme detailsThe areas you will cover in this course are:
Unit 1: ‘Structure and Ornament’: Debates in late nineteenth-century architecture
Unit 2: Modern architecture before Modernism: Beaux Arts and Art Nouveau
Unit 3: Early Modernism: Le Corbusier, Purism and the Villa Savoye
Unit 4: Pre-Modernist American Architecture (i): The aesthetics of the skyscraper
Unit 5: Pre-Modernist American Architecture (ii): Frank Lloyd Wright
Unit 6: Mies van der Rohe in America
Unit 7: Modernism beyond America: Alvar Aalto and Oscar Niemeyer
Unit 8: Brutalism and utopia: Modernism and mass housing in post-war Britain
Unit 9: Post Modernism: Philip Johnson and Robert Venturi
Unit 10: Today and tomorrow: CAD and contemporary architecture
We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.
Dr David Morgan
Course aimsThis course aims to introduce students to the history of western architecture during the period from the later 19th century to the present day.
CertificationThis course is accredited and you are expected to take the course for credit. To be awarded credit you must complete written contributions satisfactorily. Successful students will receive credit, awarded by the Board of Studies of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. The award will take the form of 10 units of transferable credit at FHEQ level 4 of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). A transcript detailing the credit will be issued to successful students. Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.
Assessment methodsAssessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment due half way through the course and one longer assignment due at the end of the course. Students will have about two weeks to complete each assignment.
IT requirementsThis course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
Level and demandsFHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.
Recommended readingTo participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following books: Frampton, Kenneth:Modern Architecture: A Critical History 4th ed., (Thames & Hudson, London, 2007) Favole, Paolo: The Story of Modern Architecture , (Prestel, London, 2012)
Teaching outcomesBy the end of this course students will be able to understand:
- The overall historical trajectory of western European and American architecture during the period from the later 19th century to the present day
- The broad outlines of the aesthetic and theoretical debates which have informed that historical trajectory
- The principal structural innovations which have underpinned and enabled that historical development
- The specific contributions made by each of the principal schools within the Modernist and Post-Modernist architectural traditions
- The significance of the most important works by the principal architects mentioned during the course
- The essential stylistic and theoretical nature of Modernism, and Post-Modernism, as expressed in architectural terms
Fee optionsProgramme Fee EU Fee: £250.00
Non-EU Fee: £295.00