ARC 342R / ARC 388R.4
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 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.