WIN 2021: ARCH 498/598 – Seminar: Modern Architecture and the Critical Present


Arch 498/598: W2021 Modern Architecture and the Critical Present
On-line Synchronous M 8:30 – 11:20 am
Ken Tadashi Oshima, Professor

Building on Kenneth Frampton’s special issue of Architectural Design entitled “Modern Architecture and the Critical Present” (1982), this seminar investigates the ongoing dialogue between “avant-garde and continuity” from the 20thcentury to the present.  Lectures and discussion will consider recent scholarship and exhibitions including MoMA’s Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (2008), Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes (2013), Race and Modern Architecture (2020) Modern Architecture and Climate Design before Air Conditioning (2020).  In covering themes including “from regionalism to critical internationalism” and “toward new utopias,” the geographic scope will expand to connect the Pacific Northwest to contexts beyond the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as the basis for considering the possibilities of architectural design today. Students will respond to weekly readings and present case-studies as the basis for seminar projects in both written and model form.


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