ARCT5530 The Single Family House as a Bourgeois Manifesto

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
The nuclear family has been the basic unit of the bourgeois society and the foundation of the political and economic dynamics of industrial capitalism since the mid-nineteenth century. Since its emergence as a key cultural institution, the nuclear family has been under critical scrutiny and the basis for sweeping social critiques. Engels, for example, studied the role of family in establishing the concept of private property, and Freud claimed that it is central to the psychopathology of the modern psyche. At the same time, the single family house has traditionally afforded the modernist architect the opportunity to showcase radical ideas with an enthusiastic client and fairly limited resources, to the point that an iconic house designed at the beginning of an architect's career attained the status of an architectural manifesto which articulated the aesthetic and ethical program of the author. In this unit, students study how iconic designs for single-family houses articulated ideas about domesticity and family life, contributing to the theoretical and political debate of their time. This exploration is global in scope and is based on the analysis of 10 houses from 10 different cultural and geographical contexts and the way they reflected new ideas about the foundations of middle class life.
Students are able to (1) understand how modern aesthetic and political ideas are articulated through architectural form; (2) analyse architecture in a global context, taking into account cultural specificity and the role of transcultural exchanges; and (3) clearly articulate findings in written form.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation and (2) final essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Tijana Vujosevic
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
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