This module focusses upon key buildings, sites, and urban designs beginning chronologically in the 1890s, and concluding at the end of the twentieth century. Students will be introduced to these key projects, their designers, and the relevant cultural and theoretical contexts through lectures and readings, primarily following a chronological order. The geographic scope will be international. There is one required textbook for the course, which will be used to structure the lectures and the final exam. Discussion sessions with students will aim to prepare them for the final exam, which will consist of short essay answers.
Total contact time: 15
Total Private Study: 135
Total Study Hours: 150
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
Essay (approx. 3,000 words) (100%)
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Required Primary Text
Curtis, W. J. R. (1996) Modern Architecture since 1900. London: Phaidon.
Indicative Reading List
Borden, I. and Ruedi, K. (2006). The Dissertation: An architectural student's handbook. Architectural
Students Handbooks: Oxford and Burlington MA
Colquhoun, A. (2002). Modern Architecture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Forty, A. (2000) Words and Buildings. London: Thames & Hudson
Frampton, K. (2007). Modern Architecture: a critical history. London: Thames & Hudson
Mallgrave, H. F. and Goodman, D. (2011). An Introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the present. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:
1 A knowledge of the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings
2 A knowledge of how theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design
3 An awareness of cultural theories and their relevance to twentieth century design
4 A knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of key twentieth century designers
The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 An ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in order to make and present sound judgments within a structured discourse relating to architectural culture,
theory and design
2 An ability to research historical and theoretical topics
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