History of Architecture 2: Twentieth Century Architecture, 1895-1965


Spring 2013

Kenneth Frampton, instructor

The aim of this course was to trace the history of modern architecture from the point of view of its transformation under the influence of two major forces: the process of modernization and the development of ideology. The first of these derived from the material changes brought about by technology and industrialization. The second stemmed from the received idea of progress and from the utopian legacy of the Enlightenment. The period covered runs from the high point of the Art Nouveau to the death of Le Corbusier though clearly many figures and developments are missing from this treatment, thus, instead of being a continuous chronological account, the course was structured about a series of thematic episodes which correspond to the breakdown of the book “Modern Architecture: A Critical History,” which served as the general text.