Course Title:  01:082:428  The Modern City

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Seminar

Course Prerequisites and Corequites: 01:082:391,392 or permission of instructor

Core Curriculum: None

Course Description:

Architecture and urban design in select European and American cities from the 18th century to the present.  Attention to political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts.

This course will explore the tension between architectural progress and tradition, which has defined modern Italy from Reunification in 1860 to the present. A range of late 19th and 20th century architectural movements will be studied, with a focus on the design capitals of Rome, Milan, Turin, Florence, and Naples. The mutually beneficial relationship of industrial and architectural design, the use of architecture as a tool to create civic identity, and the influence of design journals on the architectural profession will be highlighted. The course will conclude with a discussion of the pressures of globalization on Italy’s major civic centers, as well as the role of Italian architects on the international stage.

Learning Goals:

  • Ability to identify and analyze stylistic elements of Italian architecture
  • Understanding of basic concepts and vocabulary related to modernism, modernist architecture and twentieth-century Italian culture        
  • Comprehensive understanding of how Italian architects and architecture are reflections of broader cultural, political and sociological ideas
  • Enhanced ability to integrate knowledge of Italian Modern Architecture into broader framework of International Modern movements                            

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