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Course Name
Turkish Çağdaş Mimarı üzerine Analiz ve Kritik
English Analysis & Critics on Contemporary World Architecture
Course Code
MIM 437E Credit Lecture
Semester 1
3 3 - -
Course Language English
Course Coordinator Luca Orlandı
Course Objectives The aim of the course is:
1) Giving a consciousness and tools to understand, in terms of theoretical
approach, the historical and global conditions that determine our architectural
thinking, starting from ‘Post-Modernism’ period until the nowadays tendency of
‘Globalism’, covering the architectural practice in the last sixty years.
2) Investigate the formal aspects, the aesthetic problems and the structural
meanings of architecture.
3) Making comparisons with media and other fields of arts - like painting, interior
design and cinema.
4) Giving clues for understanding the logic of the design processes in the historical context
as well as the sustainable and ecological approach in the new millennium.
Course Description Louis I. Kahn and the 'Monumentalization' of Modern Architecture in the late ‘50s;
Robert Venturi and the Post-Modern Architecture in the U.S.A. in the ‘60s, ‘70s
and its evolution in the ‘80s; Aldo Rossi and the Italian “Tendenza” movement;
Globalism and Localism: Architecture in the Age of Globalization, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid; Critical Regionalism: worldwide experiences and Carlo Scarpa as case-study; Hi-tech and Utopia: Reyner Banham, Archigram and the tendencies after the 60s; Renzo Piano and the new millennium architecture in world cities; Green architecture, Sustainability and new directions in contemporary architecture practice.
Course Outcomes Students who take this course:
1. Main architectural movements around the world of the last fifty years
2. Trends in Western architecture as well as in the new developed countries like
China, India, Brazil or Turkey
3. Understanding the present architecture and its problematic in a global perspective
4. The new tendencies of architecture for a sustainable future
Pre-requisite(s) Contemporary Architecture
Required Facilities
Textbook Kenneth Frampton, Modern architecture: a critical history, Thames & Hudson, London 2007
Other References Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness, Pantheon Books, New York
2006, (Turkish transl.), Mutluluğun Mimarisi, Sel Yayıncılık, Istanbul 2007
K. Michael Hays, (edited by) Architecture theory since 1968, The MIT Press,
Cambridge 2000
Charles Jencks, Critical Modernism - Where is Post Modernism going?, Wiley
Academy, London 2007
Rem Koolhaas, S,M,L,XL, Monacelli Press, New York 1998
Bruce Mau, Life Style, Phaidon Press, London 2005
Franco La Cecla, Against Architecture, PM Press – Green Arcade New York 2011
W. J. R. Curtis, Modern Architecture since 1900, Phaidon, London 2002
Hal Foster, Design and Crime, UK, Verso Book, 2002, (Turkish transl.), Tasarim ve suç, İletişim Yayınları, Istanbul 2004
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