Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is an introductory survey of architectural history in a range of global settings between c. 1775 and 1990. It is not just about buildings and designs, but seeks to place architecture in its historical contexts. What can architecture tell us about wider developments in social, political, cultural and urban history? How did those contexts inform design and practice?
Running through the course is the idea of 'modernity'. How has this idea informed architectural debate and production? The course begins with the stylistic revivals that dominated western architecture in the early nineteenth century. It also discusses the nineteenth century development of new typologies along with the new materials and technologies that made them possible. In the second part of the course, we turn to twentieth-century Modernism in global contexts, including Europe, Africa, and Latin America. We will explore how architects and their clients sought to invent new architectures, and the ways in which the results balanced international agendas with local and national concerns. The course concludes with the revision of Modernism in the 1950's and 60's and the emergence of a Post-modern consciousness.
We welcome the perspectives that students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds can bring to the course. We understand architecture in its wider historical and cultural contexts. No previous knowledge of architecture or its terminology is expected. The course is not a 'technical' one, nor does it involve design/drawing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Assessment 1 Week 4 Visual analysis (500 words) 10%
Assessment 2 Week 6 Literature review (700 words) 20%
Assessment 3 Week 10 Essay (2000 words) 50%
Assessment 4 Week 13 Reflective short essay (800 words) 20%
Students must achieve a mark of at least 40% on aggregate in order to pass the course. There are no 'Force Fails' for this course.
||Tutorial activities will offer verbal formative feedback on skills necessary for success, particularly in the essay. Brief feedback will be provided on submitted literature review, which will inform the 2000-word course essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of architecture and the related arts since c. 1775, in its artistic, social, political, and programmatic contexts.
- Locate and start to critically appraise historians' work on the history and theory of architecture and the related arts since c. 1775, in support of a reflective and informed approach to architectural history and design precedent.
- Demonstrate the development of communication skills relating to the key themes of the course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||3 lectures or equivalents per week (1-10)
1 tutorial or digital equivalent per week (2-11)
|Course organiser||Dr Alistair Fair
Tel: (0131 6)51 3913
|Course secretary||Mrs Anne Davis
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735