Undergraduate Course: Barcelona and Modernity (ARHI10032)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Arguably Barcelona was one of the most fascinating cities in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: comparable to Berlin, Brussels, Glasgow, Paris and Vienna. It underwent rapid transformation over this period, producing the material conditions for a new urban culture and one of the most creative periods in the arts. Focusing on Modernisme, Noucentisme, the avant-garde and rationalist architecture, this course provides a study of architecture in Barcelona from the late 19th century (e.g. works by Gaudi, Puig i Cadafalch, Domenech i Montaner) until the early 1930s (e.g. GATCPAC, Sert) within the historical, political and artistic contexts. It considers the relationship between architecture and the other arts ┐ painting, sculpture, the decorative arts - and explores how Catalan architects derived inspiration from local traditions, while creating their own, innovative ┐modernity┐. The course also considers some of the parallels between Catalan architecture and other movements in Europe. Instead of trying to determine who was first to promote a new architectural language, we examine to what extent Catalan architects tried to answer questions that also engaged their counterparts in other European cities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students must have honours entry to History of Art or its combined degrees or honours entry to Music or by agreement of Head of Subject Area.
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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| - a knowledge of architecture and urbanism in Barcelona between c1880 and c1930
- a knowledge of the artistic, social, historical and political contexts in Catalonia, and the ability to consider Catalan architecture within this context
- an understanding of the dynamics between architecture and the other arts
- a broad understanding of the debates around the modern European city c. 1900
- a knowledge of the different methodological approaches, and the ability to engage critically with scholarship on the subject.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Claudia Hopkins
Tel: (0131 6)50 4118
|Course secretary||Ms Fiona Binning