4.665 Contemporary Architecture and Critical Debate

Spring 2002

Stairs in Memory.
Stairs in Memory, photograph by Severin Koller, 2005. (Image courtesy of openphoto.net.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete list of readings from the class, and a series of lecture notes which list all the images and precedents discussed in the class.

Course Description

This class, required of all Master of Architecture students, presents a critical review of works, theories, and polemics in architecture in the aftermath of World War II. The aim is to present a historical understanding of the period, and to develop a meaningful framework to assess contemporary issues in architecture. Special attention will be paid to historiographic questions of how architects construe the terms of their "present."

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Arindam Dutta

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session