Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
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Course code
FM0208 (AF:360794 AR:190340)
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ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Term
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The course aims to provide the critical and methodological tools that allow the student to understand major themes and problems of contemporary architecture, arising between the nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. In particular, the themes of the relationship between architecture and its social and cultural context, the formation and dissemination of architectural languages, as well as historiographical problems will be addressed. The teaching is part of the activities that characterize the Contemporary curriculum of the Master's Degree in History of the arts and conservation of artistic heritage.
At the end of the course the student must be able to:
- knowledge and understanding: understanding the link between architectural form and its historical motivations, recognizing the cultural, symbolic, social, and economic intentions behind contemporary architecture; understand the instrumental meaning of taxonomic categories such as eclectic, Art Nouveau, futurism, modern, etc .; know the formal and constructive characteristics of the major architectural works between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; know the historical vocabulary of the main architectural terms, both stylistic and constructive
- ability to apply knowledge and understanding: the ability to identify the distinctive elements of the most important design and research approaches in contemporary architecture; the ability to historically place contemporary architectural works
- judgment skills: discuss an assigned topic or issue showing independence in evaluations and arguments; formulate thoughtful and motivated judgments on authors, works and trends of contemporary architecture, with particular attention to the relationship between economic-productive or technological factors and aesthetic-cultural aspects
- communication skills: express clearly and with appropriate terms various course contents; effectively discuss, also in comparative terms, the different themes of contemporary architecture treated
- learning skills: carry out a bibliographic search on the main topics covered in the course; autonomously find new texts that investigate the topics of greatest interest dealt with within the course
Basic knowledge of political, social and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
The main topics of the course are:
- the problems of periodization and geopolitics of the "modern" and "contemporary", the notion of "architectural culture", notes on history and historiography
- the tradition and language of eclecticism; the debate on "national styles"; the architecture between social changes and the industrial revolution
- the architectural languages of the early twentieth century between the artistic avant-gardes and the classical tradition
- the modern movement, the profession of the architect, the totalitarian regimes
- the connections and parallels of twentieth century architectural culture: magazines, exhibitions, the media
19th century:
S. Ciranna, G. Doti, M. L. Neri, Architettura e città nell’Ottocento, Carocci, Roma, 2011
Barry Bergdoll, European Architecture 1750-1890, Oxford University press, 2000

20th century:
W. J. R. Curtis, L'architettura moderna del Novecento, Phaidon, London 2006
J. L. Cohen, The Future of Architecture. Since 1889, Phaidon, London 2012

+ articles discussed in class
The course is organized on a seminar basis. Students will have to present research in class which will be the subject of collective discussion. The research will then be delivered in writing to the professor and will be part of the following final evaluation process:
- classroom presentation of the research. Participation in lessons (20%)
- Individual written research to be delivered to the professor before the exam (30%). Text max 10 pages (excluding Bibliography and Illustrations), times new roman 12; space 1.5. Footnotes according to thesis standards. Illustrations at the end of the text, with a list of illustrations. Final Bibliography: Sources; Studies, in alphabetical order.
- oral exam (50%). The test will consist of three types of questions:
1) A group of about 3-5 multiple choice questions on topics covered during the lessons
2) A question on a topic covered during the lessons to be developed
3) A question related to the individual research (paper)
The course is organized on a seminar basis and includes lectures; presentations by students. Students will have to present research in class which will be the subject of collective discussion. The research will then be delivered in writing to the teacher and will be part of the final evaluation process.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 08/09/2021