ARCH 287J Frontiers of Modern Architecture

This course is an introduction to the history and theory of modern movements in architecture in the early twentieth century. It explores the cultural, social and political background of the “first machine age” by studying exemplary works, design principles and institutions of modern architecture. In this course, we will examine the birth of new representational techniques in architectural drawing; utopian city designs by well-known architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright (“Broadacre City”), Bruno Taut (The “Stadtkrone”) and Le Corbusier (“The Radiant City”); and the much influential Bauhaus school in Weimar Germany. Finally, we will expand the discussion, which usually begins and ends in Western Europe and North America to the “non-West”, i.e., India, Japan, Indonesia, China, Turkey and Brazil, in order to consider the influence of European modernism in a global context as well as conceptions of modern architecture that emerge from the meeting or even clash of “European” and “non-European” cultural values and forms.