ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Architecture

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 complementary 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
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.
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.
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
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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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.