Sep 14th 2015

Contemporary Architecture (OOEd)

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The course will analyse major contemporary architectural ideas, ideologies, and projects in the context of both globalisation and specific local contexts. We will trace the development of architecture since the early 90s by discussing the work of some of the most influential architects of our time.

The critical reflection on contemporary topics will allow students to better understand the buildings and cities which we live in. When talking about the architectural protagonists of today, we will focus on their most recent work. Some references will be made to their earlier work, but the focus will be on how they adapt their thinking to current design tendencies. We will examine the evolution of their work and at the same time try to understand how they react to current challenges and opportunities in our profession and society.


Week 1: Globalization and Critical Regionalism: Rafael Moneo, Steven Holl; Design and Online Education, Behind the Scenes

Week 2: Tectonic, Technology and Structure: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Norman Foster

Week 3: Critical Discourse and Architecture: Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenmann, Bernard Tschumi

Week 4: Surface, Materiality, and Ornament: Herzog & De Meuron, Jean Nouvel, SANAA

Week 5: Form, Sign and Sculpture: Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Santiago Calatrava

Week 6: Digital Design and Computation: UN Studio, FOA, Zaha Hadid

Week 7: Sustainability, Resilience and Social Design: Wiliam McDonough, Kongjian Yu, Norman Foster, Giancarlo Mazzanti, Medellin and Bogota

Week 8: Final Exam