HISTART 213 - Architecture and Modernity
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
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This course surveys the history of architecture in relation to the distinct but related issues of modernism and modernity. One the one hand, we look at modernity as a condition of European and American culture from early in the 19th century; on the other, we examine modernism as a distinct response to conditions of modernity and progressive modernization in a range of arenas, but all related to the built environment. From 19th-century beginnings in new building types and social institutions, until the end of the 20th century, we will consider how architects, engineers, planners, and developers have responded to the challenges of modernity. The course will trace the genesis and development of foundational themes of architectural modernism in relation to concurrent developments in other fields such as painting, sculpture, photography, film, and literature. Important developments in the history of architecture--structural rationalism, historicism, formalism, referentiality, narrative, (utopian) socialism, and neo-Kantian essentialism, to name a few — will be considered in relation to corollary or contradictory developments in other disciplines. The course will move in chronological sequence, beginning with radical changes to architecture and artistic culture in the mid-19th century. It will include a series of comparative case studies narrowly focused on specific objects and texts placed within their geographical and historical context. We will make use of a series of recent exhibitions and publications that bring architecture into relationship with other arts in the modern period. The class is a lecture course with opportunity for class discussion on a regular basis.

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HISTART 213 - Architecture and Modernity
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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