4.665 Contemporary Architecture and Critical Debate

As taught in: Spring 2002

A photo of an escalator with green walls.

Stairs in Memory, photograph by Severin Koller, 2005. (Image courtesy of




Prof. Arindam Dutta

Course Features

Course Description

This class, required of all Master of Architecture students, presents a critical review of works, theories, and polemics in architecture in the aftermath of World War II. The aim is to present a historical understanding of the period, and to develop a meaningful framework to assess contemporary issues in architecture. Special attention will be paid to historiographic questions of how architects construe the terms of their "present."

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.