Buildings, Texts, and Contexts

This six-module sequence, offered over three semesters, presents an introduction to the complex, interwoven web of conceptual issues and historical narratives in western architecture from antiquity to the present. Each module presents detailed case studies of buildings, writings, and theoretical concepts in the specific contexts of their formation. In each case study, a major architectural or urban project is presented in depth, and discussed in its social, political, and cultural contexts. Special attention is given to the interdependent relationships between architectural concepts and audiences, social institutions, aesthetic theories, and building practices. The first and last modules examine critical and theoretical issues in architecture\’s history (module 1) and contemporary practice (module 6); modules 2-5 cover, in chronological sequence, four of the major historical periods in the history of western architecture. Each module may be taken independently. GSD 4205-M1 Buildings, Texts, and Contexts: Contemporary Architecture: 1945 to the present examines modernism\’s proliferation and transformation, focusing on such topics as internationalism and regionalism, typology, semiotics, the language of postmodernism, and the poststructuralist critique.