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Postgraduate Course: Architecture and Modernity circa 1900 (ARHI11014)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course probes the history and historiography of architecture between 1880 and 1914, emphasizing the development of modernism and the ability of architects to respond to questions of geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic importance through a consideration of the major structures and movements along with prevailing literature.
Course description This PG course considers the primary developments in European and North American architecture and urbanism at the dawn of the twentieth century along with the significant historiographical texts associated with them. Its comparative approach during a relatively short time period invites you to relate and distinguish the various building paradigms invented and extended during a seminal period in the history of modern architecture. In our exploration of phenomena such as the Arts & Crafts Movement, the emergence of the Prairie School, Art Nouveau, the German Werkbund, Catalan Modernisme, Italian Futurism, and the golden age of international expositions, we will seek to define what it meant to create a modern architecture in a great variety of geographic, cultural, political, socioeconomic, and material contexts, as well as to familiarize you with the major scholarly perspectives identified with them by the key scholars in the field.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the major structures, architects, and movements in design and urban developments between 1880 and 1914.
  2. Outline and describe in depth the underlying historical forces behind the development of a modern architecture appropriate to specific regions and geographies.
  3. Critically engage with diverse textual, visual, and built sources, revising the terms of debate as established in key literature.
  4. Assess key nodes of interchange in architectural thought and practice between architects and urbanists working in different geographic locations.
  5. Demonstrate a critical perspective on key primary and secondary texts addressing the architecture of this period.
Reading List
Greenhalgh, Paul. Fair World: A History of World's Fairs and International Expositions, 1851-2010. London: Papadakis, 2011.

Lane, Barbara Miller. National Romanticism and Modern Architecture in Germany and the Scandinavian Countries. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Levine, Neil. The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Princeton, NJ, USA: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Ogata, Amy. Art Nouveau and the Social Vision of Modern Living: Belgian Artists in a European Context. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Schorske, Carl. Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1981.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be able to show readiness to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in the subject.
Students will be able to communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists about the topic.
Students will demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking in this field.
Course organiserDr Peter Clericuzio
Tel: (0131 6)50 2331
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Fleet
Tel: (0131 6)50 2328
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