Crisis & Complexity: 1950s Architecture

Subject 702-617 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Philip James Goad
Subject Overview:

This subject studies the formative aspects of post-World War II architectural design and architectural theory. The social, theoretical and aesthetic aspects of practice in the Bay Region of California, Los Angeles, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Greece, Mexico and South America, Holland, Japan and Australia during the 1950s are examined. Concepts of monumentality and regionalism, the emerging critiques of modernism, brutalism, the writings of Team 10, issues of ornament and self-expression, conflicting attitudes toward the notion of history, reformist approaches to urbanism and mass housing, and the influence of architectural journals during the 1950s are investigated.


Projects, seminar paper and exercises to the equivalent of not more than 5000 words.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed skills in research, critical analysis and writing, and some experience with group work.

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An enrolment quota applies to this subject, with selection based on academic merit and priority.

Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Planning and Design (Architectural History & Conservation)CW
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architectural History

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