Theory of Architecture I
- To introduce students to fundamental theories of architecture in the 20th and early 21st century.
- To help all participants in the course to become better designers producing stronger, more sophisticated work.
- To learn how to transfer the work of others (both writing and building) into fuel to enrich one's own design work.
- To help begin to clarify how individual students' values and backgrounds can influence their design positively.
This will be a standard seminar course with presentations by the instructor and class discussions in early sessions based on reading assignments. Toward the end of the semester students will be focusing on their own individual projects and papers which will be subjects of discussion in class.
The final grade will be based on four different areas of evaluation:
- 30% of the grade will come from "Think Sheets" and class participation.
- 50% of the grade will come from the Research Paper.
- 10% off the grade will come either from a student's Paper Presentation in class or from a Demonstrative Project tied to the student's Manifesto.
- 10% of the grade will come from the Manifesto.
Four primary texts will be required reading:
Kindergarten Chats by Louis Sullivan
Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Robert Venturi
Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas
Additional articles will be handed out in class.
August 27 - Introduction
Begin reading Kindergarten Chats, pp. 15-142 (complete by Sept. 3)
September 3 - Louis Sullivan as Theorist and Practitioner
Begin reading Towards a New Architecture (complete by Sept. 10)
Think Sheet on Sullivan due
September 10* - Le Corbusier as Theorist and Practitioner
Begin reading Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
(complete by Sept. 17)
Submit Paper Topic Proposal
Think Sheet on Le Corbusier due
September 17 - Robert Venturi as Theorist and Practitioner
Begin reading Delirious New York, pp. 9-28, 110-131, 152-160, 235-310
(complete by Sept. 24)
Think Sheet on Venturi due
September 24 - Rem Koolhaas as Theorist and Practitioner
Begin "Globalization" readings (complete by Oct. 1)
Submit Paper Bibliography and Project List
Think Sheet on Koolhaas due
October 1 - Issues Discussion: Globalization and Localization
Begin "Sustainability" readings (complete by Oct. 8)
Think Sheet on Globalization due
October 8 - Issues Discussion: Sustainability
Begin “Art and Architecture” readings (complete by Oct. 15)
Submit application to make Paper Presentation or do
Think Sheet on Sustainability due
October 15 - Issues Discussion: Art and Architecture
Begin "Aesthetics" readings (complete by Oct. 22)
Submit Paper “Notes”
Think Sheet on Art and Architecture due
October 22 - Issues Discussion: Aesthetics
Think Sheet on Aesthetics due
October 29 - Paper Presentations I
November 5 - Paper Presentations II
November 12 - Paper Presentations III
November 19 - Paper Presentations IV
November 26 - Holiday
All papers due by Nov. 26
December 3 - Closing/Overview
Manifestoes and Demonstrated Projects due
* May move to alternate evening.