Formative Histories of Architecture

Subject ABPL30053 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: Contact Hours: 36 hours: 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorials per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 Hours
Prerequisites: One hundred points of an undergraduate degree
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Hannah Lewi


Subject Overview: This subject will survey the emerging importance of historical ideas in architecture from the Enlightenment to early Modernism.

It will include:
  • the rise of archaeology and neo-classicism;
  • the picturesque, romanticism and rationalism;
  • the industrial revolution, engineering and functionalism; the rise of the architecture profession and new institutions;
  • colonialism and the new world metropolis;
  • nationalism and imperialism in both the East and West;
  • relations of local vernacular to high architecture.
Buildings will be considered within their social, cultural, environmental and landscape contexts with analysis of issues such as spatial organisation, technologies and emerging theories of architecture as text and idea.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in the history of architecture;
  • analyse buildings and places in terms of their context, form, planning, & theoretical ideas;
  • demonstrate an understanding of architecture as a form of social representation.
  • Drawn and/or written tutorial exercises between weeks 2 and 10 (totalling 30%) to the total equivalent of 1500 words;
  • A 1500-word essay due in week 10 (30%);
  • A two-hour end-of-semester examination (40%).
Prescribed Texts: Subject Reader
Breadth Options:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Analysis of physical artifacts in their historical context.
  • Understanding of history as a discipline and as a process.
  • Understanding of the social, cultural and environmental context of architecture.
  • Essay writing to undergraduate standard.
  • Use and understanding of design terminology.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture
Related Breadth Track(s): Architectural History

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