Course detail

Theory of architecture

FA-D03Acad. year: 2020/2021

Architectural theory as a science-based discipline with objective traits.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students improve their ability to enter and perform a theoretical discourse, as well as to present own critical attitude, to defend it, and to define its position within a relevant theoretical movement.

Prerequisites

Lectures on architectural history attended in the Bc and MA architectural training.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

KRUFT, H.-W., Dejiny teórie architektúry, Bratislava: Pallas 1993. (CS)
ALEXANDER, C. The Nature of Order I–IV. Berkeley: The Center for Environmental Structure 2002–2005. (CS)
HARARI, Y. N., Homo Deus. London: Harvill Secker 2016. (CS)
HORÁČEK, M. Za krásnější svět: Tradicionalismus v architektuře 20. a 21. století / Toward a More Beautiful World: Traditionalism in Architecture of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Brno: Barrister & Principal – VUTIUM 2013. (CS)
MALLGRAVE, H. F. Architecture and Embodiment: The Implications of the New Sciences and Humanities to Design. New York: Routledge 2013. (CS)
MICHL, J. Funkcionalismus, design, škola, trh: Čtrnáct textů o problémech teorie a praxe moderního designu. Brno: Barrister & Principal 2012. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

A critical review (15 pages minimum) of an important theoretical essay + a presentation in the seminar followed by debate with other students. The essay might be accompanied with illustrations. The results are classified by a single mark reflecting the evaluation of both the seminar work and the oral presentation.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Topics:
1. Scientific architectural theory.
2. Architecture and psychology, biology, mathematics, and physics.
3. Complexity in architecture.
4. Architectural language.
5. Tradition and inovation in architecture.
6. Architecture in the 21st century.

Aims

Students improve their ability of critical analysis and interpretation of architecture within a hierarchical system of knowledge as well as in relation to contemporary individual, social and ecological aspects.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Seminars are obligatory. Lectures could be replaced with individual consultations and self-training according to an agreement with the tutor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme ARCHURB Doctoral

    branch ARCH , 1. year of study, summer semester, 0 credits, compulsory

  • Programme ARCHURB Doctoral

    specialization ARCH , 1. year of study, summer semester, 0 credits, compulsory

  • Programme ARCHURB Doctoral

    specialization ARCH , 1. year of study, summer semester, 0 credits, compulsory

  • Programme ARCHURB Doctoral

    branch ARCH , 1. year of study, summer semester, 0 credits, compulsory

  • Programme ARCHURB Doctoral

    specialization URBAN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 0 credits, compulsory

  • Programme ARCHURB Doctoral

    branch URBAN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 0 credits, compulsory

  • Programme ARCHURB Doctoral

    specialization URBAN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 0 credits, compulsory

  • Programme ARCHURB Doctoral

    branch URBAN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 0 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Guided consultation

2 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

6 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer