4.205 Analysis of Contemporary Architecture

As taught in: Fall 2009

Photograph of the Villa Muller in Prague.

Villa Muller, Prague 1930. Adolf Loos, an influential Austrian architect, is dicussed in Lecture 4. (Image by identity chris is on Flickr.)




Mr. Dan Cheng-ta Chen

Course Features

Course Description

The goal of this course is to investigate with students backgrounds on some of the pivotal events that have shaped our understanding and approach to architecture. Emphasis of discussion will be primarily on buildings and works of individual architects. Canonical architects, buildings and movements that have exerted significant influences on the development of architecture will be studied in detail. We will visit some of these buildings for a first-hand look and to evaluate for ourselves their significance or lack thereof. As a final project, each student will analyze a building through drawings, text, bibliography and a physical model in a format ready for documentation and exhibition.