AE134 – History and Theories of Architecture 4

Associate Prof. Ghada Ragheb

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At the end of this course the student should be able to:
1. Understand various influences, analysis and development of stages of architecture in Renaissance and post-Renaissance age in Europe.
2. Identify the Renaissance and post-Renaissance principles of architecture
3. Understand the most important architecture theories through the modernism and the post-modernism till 21st century.
4. Classify the trends of schools of architecture intellectual world in the 20th and 21st century.
5. Understand the relationship of modern theory to older theoretical ideas.

Course objectives :

This course is divided into two parts, the first is to trace the evolution of architectural theories through the modernism and the post-modernism; the evolution of architecture through the pre-modernism, modernism, and late modernism till the age of cyberspaces and the digital architecture, the technological evolution in the post-renaissance era till the new millennium; and the futuristic expectations in technology and its effect on the evolution of architecture. The second part (historical) introduces the students to the architecture of the Renaissance and post-Renaissance in Europe discussing the Renaissance architecture in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Germany, and Russia. The course takes a quick view of the landscape and planning in the Renaissance era.

Course description :

1. Written Exams:
• Mid-term 15 %
• 5-6 Quizzes 10 %
• Final Exam 50%
2. Assignments or case study or researches 25 %

Course assessment :

– Fletcher, B. and Fletcher, B. F.; \”A History of Architecture\”, Bradbury, Agnew, & CO. LD., Printers, London, (1996).
– Frampton, Kenneth. ”Modern architecture: a critical history’, London: Thames & Hudson, (2007).

Recommended text books :

– Banham, B., “Theory and Design in the First Machine Age”, New York: Praeger, 1967.
– Kostof, S., “A History of Architecture, Settings and Rituals”, New York, Oxford University Press, 1985.
– Le Corbusier, “Towards a New Architecture”, translated by: F. Etchells, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1974.
– Venturi, R., “Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture”, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1966.
– Zevi, B., “The Modern Language of Architecture”, Seattle: University of Michigan, 1978.

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