ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Architecture

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Architecture A major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit provides a basis to understand the relationship between contemporary architecture and its historical background. Building on the Level 1 survey units, it examines key periods and works in late nineteenth and twentieth-century global architecture, landscape architecture and urban design from the reformist movements of the late nineteenth century to the contemporary period. The theories and work of designers are discussed in relation to the major themes of modernism—industrial revolution, abstract formalism, expressionism, utopianism, the relation of architecture and ideology, functionalism, regionalism, environmental science and regional landscape planning, and recent reactions to modernist orthodoxy. The unit is intended to provide a useful introduction to important design philosophies of relevance to the contemporary culture of architecture.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) obtain an understanding of the key themes and developments in modern architecture, from its development in the late nineteenth century through the subsequent critiques of the Modern Movement to more recent emerging global and regional trends and (2) gain experience in the articulation and presentation of architectural concepts in relation to the evaluation of architectural projects and develop skills in communicating effectively through written submissions.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial exercises; (2) essay; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Nigel Westbrook
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ARCT1010 Drawing History and ARCT1011 Art, Technology and Society (formerly HART1001 Art, Technology and Society)
Contact hours
3 hours per week (lectures: 2 hours; tutorials: 1 hour)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.