Contemporary Architecture and Critical Debate OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Contemporary Architecture Course

Published Jan 21, 2009

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This modern Architecture class is designed to help students understand the issues surrounding the field of Architecture today by studying how issues were handled in the recent past, specifically during the years following World War II. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology requires this class for all students pursuing a Master of Architecture degree. 'Contemporary Architecture and Critical Debate' is free through MIT's OpenCourseWare program.

Contemporary Architecture and Critical Debate: Course Specifics

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Contemporary Architecture and Critical Debate: Course Description

When trying to grasp the problems facing today's field of Architecture, it is often helpful to look into the recent past for a frame of reference. That is what this graduate-level OpenCourseWare class seeks to do. Students consider critical issues of today, like politics or the environment, and then they search the past 50 years for examples of how similar issues were handled. They examine modern issues using the past as a guide. Students can search movements like cybernetics, social modernism or the technofantasist movements of the 1960s for wisdom in understanding and managing the shifts that are taking place in Architecture today. Professor Arindam Dutta taught this course in 2002 in 14 weeks with two 1.5-hour lectures each week. A traditional Chinese translation of the course materials is available.

This graduate OpenCourseWare gives online readers an extensive reading list and lecture notes in PDF format, listing the images that were discussed. Anyone interested in this class should visit this modern Architecture course page.

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