Course Description

Course Name

Architecture in Modernity 1900-1950

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


This course examines developments in the theory and practice of modern architecture in Europe and the USA from the end of the 19th century to the end of the Second World War. It combines tracing technical and stylistic developments and investigating the work of individual architects and designers with examination of changing ideas about the social and political purposes of architecture, town planning and built spaces.
The course aims: 1. To develop a critical understanding of the key developments in modern architecture and design of the period (c.1900-1950) and the contemporary debates informing them.
2. To develop understanding of diverse theoretical and critical methods in the historical study of architecture and built environments and their interrelations with social life.
3. To examine the ways in which built or planned structures may articulate particular ideologies and power relations and to develop findings through discussion.
4. To situate examples of the architecture and writing on architecture of the period within wider historical and cultural contexts, specifically of political movements and events and constructions of modernity.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand and comment on the key developments in the history of modern architecture.
2. Distinguish and assess the key conceptual, stylistic and thematic preoccupations of the groups, movements and individual architects studied.
3. Articulate how these preoccupations are interrelated with the wider social and political movements of the period.
4. Show detailed knowledge of selected sites or structures and their significance.
5. Develop, organise and present their historical findings and theoretical knowledge of the above both in verbal and written form.

*Course content subject to change