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Architecture in 20th Century

Description
1. Subject description: 1.1. Code: AR016 1.2. Kind of subject: Obligatory 1.3. Duration: half-yearly 1.4. ECTS Credits: 3 1.5. Responsible professor: Montserrat Villaverde 1.6. Language: English
Type Subject
Tercer - Obligatoria
Semester
First
Course
2
Credits
3.00

Titular Professors

Previous Knowledge

2. Pre-requirements:

History: Introduction to architecture

Objectives

3. Competences that will be developed with this subject:

GENERAL COMPETENCES

Interpersonal competences
IT1- Critical and self-critical abilities
IT2- To be able to work in team.
IT7- Ability to work in an international context

Systemic competences
CS1- Capacity for applying knowledge in practice
CS2- Research skills
CS3- Capacity to learn
CS7- Understanding of cultures and customs of other countries
CS8- Ability to work autonomously

Instrumental competences
ISI- Capacity for analysis and synthesis
IS5- Oral and written communication in your native language
IS8- Information management skills (ability to retrieve and analyze infomation from different sources)

SPECIFIC COMPETENCES for Architecture

Skills
A6- Graphics Skills.
A8- Architectural Critique.
A28- Technical Project Analysis.

Knowledge:
B4- Form Analysis
B8- Artistic Foundations.
B9- General Architectural Theory.
B10- General Architectural History.

4. Subject aims:

The architectural panorama of the first half of the twentieth century was jolted by the emergence of the architecture we have agreed to call the `Modern Movement´. We shall study its roots, its key ideas, its protagonists, its projects, and the limitations it met with in its development and performance due to the convulse historical period of its existence between two world wars.

Specific aims for architecture:

- Reinforce our knowledge of cultural history.
- Facilitate the use of the basic tools for identifying the changing terminology used throughout history.
- Appraisal of our built heritage.

Contents

5. Thematic units in which the subject´s contents are organised:

01-Louis H. Sullivan
02-Hendrik P. Berlage
03-The Vienna of Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos
04-Frank Lloyd Wright until 1910
05-Deustcher Werkbund
06-The architecture of reinforced concrete in France
07-The Avant-gardes in Europe
08-Le Corbusier and Purism, Loos and Raumplan
09-German Expressionism and the Bauhaus school in Weimar
10-Neue Sachlichkeit and the Bauhaus school in Dessau
11-Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Germany
12-Le Corbusier and his Grands travaux
13-The GATCPAC group
14-The USA from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression
15-The architecture of the other moderns
16-The post-war hegemony of the USA
17-Architecture during the post-war period in Europe

Methodology

6. Methodological approach to teaching / learning to achieve objectives:

Dedication to the subject 3 credits x 26 hours/credit =78 total hours
Half-yearly dedication 18 weeks (16 class-hours + 2 exam hours)
Weekly dedication 3 hours / 18 weeks
Concept Total hours
Theoretical classes ……........…………….………………………. 24
Practical classes …………..………………………………………. 13
Team stud…………………………………………………………. 9
Individual study …………..………………………………………. 22
Hours to prepare exams .....……………………………………….. 8
Exams hours .....…………..………………………………………. 2
TOTAL HALF-YEARLY DEDICATION 78

Evaluation

7. Marking system:

Three assessment activities with the help of the materials made available in the eStudy web and in complementary bibliographies will make up your final mark:
- In each class a theme will be developed, as detailed in the attached curricula programme. The class will end with a short written exercise on the content dealt with in class, in order to consolidate and monitor the students understanding of it.
- Students will be asked to depict in their sketchbook a series of drawings and diagrams of buildings studied in class. The buildings mentioned in the attached curricula programme are of compulsory drawing.
- An exam will be set at the end of the semester on the contents studied in all the classes.

Assessment activities of the course
30% short written exercises;
20% sketchbook;
50% semester exam

- Students who fail to reach a sufficient grade in June will be allowed to sit a final exam. This recovery exam will cover all the curricula of the subject and will not take into account any previous assessment given during the course.

Evaluation Criteria

The results evaluation will be based in 3 objectives:

Objective 1:
- The student has to show her/his knowledge of the most important building works of the second half of the twentieth century. (a)
Objective 2:
- The student must show her/his ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. (b)
Objective 3:
- The student has to understand all the contemporary aspects related with the practice of her/his profession along with the need for a continuous form of training. (c)

Evaluation system of the acquired competences
SYSTEMS % ACQUIRED COMPETENCES
Exams 20 IS, IT, CS, GROUP A, GROUP B
Homework 20 IS, IT, CS, GROUP A, GROUP B
Reports/group work 20 IS, IT, CS, GROUP A, GROUP B
Projects 20 IS, IT, CS, GROUP A, GROUP B
Participation in class 20 IS, IT, CS, GROUP A, GROUP B

According to the 5th Article of the Royal Decree 1125/2003 of September 5th, the results obtained by a student in each subject of the Study Program will be evaluated with a numerical scale from 0 to 10 admitting one decimal and it might also admit one of the following qualitative evaluations:
0-4.9: failed (SS) | 5.0-6.9: passed (AP) | 7.0-8.9: notable (NT) | 9.0-10: excellent (Sb)

Basic Bibliography

8. Bibliography:

GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
- COLQUHOUN, Alan: Modern architecture. [International 2nd ed.] Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
- CURTIS, William J. R.: Modern architecture since 1900. London : Phaidon, 1996.

DICTIONARIES
- CHING, Francis D.K.: (1995) A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. [Second edition] Hoboken (NJ) : John Willey & Sons, 2012.
- FLEMING, John; HONOUR, Hugh; PEVSNER, Nikolaus: (1966) The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. [Fifth edition] London : Penguin Books, 1999.

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