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History of Modern Architecture 1


Hildebrand S.

Course director

Pennati L.



This course is based on the assumption that, along with the “end of natural history”, in the 18th century a cultural shift took place which had a consequential impact on architecture. From that point forward, issues of cultural adaptation, contemporary behavior and advancement have significantly influenced architectural practice and theory. Within this framework the course will encompass threads of architectural development, chiefly in the Western world, from the later Age of Enlightenment up to the late 19th century. In a problem oriented manner it deals with cultural, socio-political and economical conditions of architecture, explores the impact of new production methods and building materials and discusses aesthetic concepts.


The aim of the course is to impart general understanding of the context of architectural theory and practice in the histories of ideas, culture, society, economy and technology of the late 18th and 19th centuries. Within this framework the course will introduce key protagonists and their works. This approach allows to develop students' basic knowledge of architectural history while simultaneously making them increasingly aware of the analytical problematics of historical context.

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