HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN (UNIT A)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course will provide students with basic knowledge of the history of twentieth-century architecture and design and in the second part will examine design developments in the nineteen-eighties in greater detail.
Course contents summary
Module A (5 credits). Basic methodological part.
Using a problem-based approach, the first part of the course will reconstruct the history of architecture and design from Modernism to contemporary trends. Starting from an analysis of the role of certain key figures in the European Art Nouveau movement involved in the design of objects, architecture and the city, the central aspects of rationalist culture will be examined from WWI to the post-WWII period, analysing the spread of this design approach outside Europe. Architecture and design in the 1960s and 1970s will be examined, including the international style, neo-Rationalism, radical avant-garde movements and the relationship with artistic experimentation, moving towards post-modernism.
Module B (5 credits)
In 1977 Charles Jencks wrote The Language of Postmodern Architecture. In the same year Studio Alchimia was founded in Milan. These were two crucial stages in the history of the crisis that beset the ‘Modern Project’ which paved the way for the development of experimental directions that distanced themselves radically from Rationalism and the historical Modern Movement. This part of the course will outline the complex system of theoretical and design issues in the area of production of objects and architecture over the years.
A reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.
The course will consist of classroom lectures with tests consisting of the analysis of architectural and design projects, as well as research projects on topics covered in class, with field trips to points of architectural interest or exhibitions.