Modernity and Modernism


The subject considers the relationship between the diverse practices of modernism in art and architecture, and theories of modernity as they bear upon and are challenged by these practices. The subject develops students’ ability to read and understand key aspects of architectural design through case study analysis. Although focussed on the 20th century, the subject will cover some important antecedents in the 19th and 18th centuries where relevant. Rather than attempt a broad survey of architectural history, the subject focuses on key ideas as they are manifested through time. Cases are used to illustrate those ideas. Assigned readings complement the lectures to give the students an overview of how architectural ideas and aesthetics are developed over time.