Fall 2019

ARC 342R (00840) ARC 388R (01100)

Time and Place: T TH 12:30-2:00; Battle Hall 101
Prerequisites: Architecture students must have previously taken the architectural history survey classes; students from other departments may enroll with the consent of the instructor. 
Description:  This lecture/discussion course will explore the history of architecture in the lands that made up the Habsburg Empire and its successor states—Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, southern Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, northern Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the western Ukraine. The course will cover the period from era of the Baroque to the present, focusing on the rise of the modernism in the region.  In addition to surveying the significant building and design trends, the lectures will examine closely the works and ideas of a number of important architects, including Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Josef Kornhäusel, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, Joze Plecnik, Ödön Lechner, Jan Kotera, Hans Hollein, and Coop Himmelb(l)au. We will also investigate the development of the major cities of the region—Vienna, Prague, and Budapest—looking at how industrialization, rapid urbanization, and war shaped the distinctive face of each metropolis. 
Readings: Assigned readings will include several books: Damjan Prelovsek, Joze Plecnik, 1872-1957: Architectura Perennis. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1997; Rostislav Svácha, The Architecture of New Prague, 1895-1945.  Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994; Adolf Loos, Ornament and Crime: Selected Essays. Riverside, Calif.: Ariadne Press, 1998; and a course packet of articles.
Educational Objectives:  The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the historical development of architecture in Central Europe; to introduce them to the basic trends and figures in the regions; to acquaint them with the way in which historical change has shaped the built environment of the region; and to explore the wider rise of modernism and its meanings.
Course Requirements:  Grades will be based on one mid-term examination (worth 30% of the final grade), one short paper (8-10 pages for undergrads, 10-15 for grads; 30%), class participation (10%), and a comprehensive final examination (30%).