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Undergraduate Course: German Architecture in the Twentieth Century (ARHI10022)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDuring the tumultuous first half of the 20th century, Germany was both the crucible of architectural modernism and the site of the megalomaniac city-rebuilding schemes proposed by the National Socialists. After the widespread destruction wrought by World War 2 the cities in the two German states, East and West, were rebuilt according to the dictates of their masters in Moscow and Washington, respectively, with the former capital divided in two by the Berlin Wall. The reunification of 1989 prompted further massive rebuilding programmes in the old Eastern states and in Berlin, which was presented with the challenge of creating a new capital on the fragmented foundations of the old, divided city. In the span of the twentieth century, no other state or architectural culture can point to such design creativity and to such destruction and rebuilding. This is the subject of the course.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should normally have passed at least 60 credits of Architectural History or History of Art/History courses at Level 8. If the pre-requisites cannot be met, entry to this course can be negotiated in consultation with either the Course Organiser or Programme Director (Architectural History).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History of Art/Architectural History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
Students will be introduced to 20th-century German architecture and urbanism in all its diversity and with particular reference to Berlin. As the essential context, German political and social history will be detailed as it evolved from the Imperial Reich of the Kaiser to the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, the national division of the Cold War, and reunification post 1989. On the basis of a set of extreme and exemplary conditions, the students will investigate closely the relationship between architecture, urbanism, and political ideology.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 x 2 hour lecture
1 hour tutorial (in two groups)
KeywordsGermany,East Germany,West Germany,architecture,urbanism,Berlin,Dresden,Hamburg,Munich,Expre
Course organiserProf Iain Whyte
Tel: (0131 6)50 2322
Course secretaryMs Ellie Wallace
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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