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Fall 2017
Nov 19, 2017
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ARTH 250 - Modern Architecture 1750-2000
This course surveys modern architecture in Europe and the United States from 1750-2000. Beginning in England, changes in architectural styles and the designs of key architects will be discussed within the framework of their cultural context. Visionary forms, urban plans, new technology and ornament will be analyzed. In addition, this course surveys the skyscraper's development, the Arts & Crafts movement, the International Style and later modern forms. Students will learn to recognize and describe the major characteristics of architectural movements in Europe and America during this time frame and become familiar with the ideas underlying these forms. Among the many architects and designers to be addressed are Jefferson, Morris, Gaudi, Wright, Le Corbusier and Graves.  

We will visit Washington, D.C. architectural sites and/or relevant museum exhibitions as part of this course.

Primarily lecture, with regular opportunities for discussion. 

Bergdoll, Barry. European Architecture 1750-1890. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. (Required)

Curtis, William R. Modern Architecture Since 1900. London: Phaidon Press, 2005. (Required)

Roth, Leland. American Architecture, A History. Boulder: Westview Press, 2002. (Optional)

Additional primary texts posted online. 

Regular attendance, quizzes, midterm and final exams, other assignments  

Prerequisites: None

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art & Art History Department

Course Attributes:
HALC - Hum, Art, Lit, Cul, Mean Grade is Calculated

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