HISTORY OF ART 282: Modern Architecture SCHEDULE

Prof. David B. Brownlee (dbrownle@sas) Spring 2003

Mr. Jonathan Mekinda (mekinda@sas) Ms. Julia Walker (julia3@sas)

OFFICE HOURS: Brownlee (Thursdays 3-5, in Jaffe 106; please make appointments in advance at the History of Art office or by calling 573-9702). Mekinda and Walker (tba, in Jaffe B-8).

Lecture Section for the week

J 13 Introduction none

15 Engineering in the later 19th century

* 17 --

20 Louis Sullivan and the skyscraper DISCUSSION: Louis Sullivan

22 The Arts and Crafts Movement and writing about architecture

24 --

27 Frank Lloyd Wright to 1909 EXCURSION: PMA fin de siècle

29 Art Nouveau: Horta, Van de Velde, Guimard decorative arts

31 Voysey, Mackintosh, Berlage, Gaudi

F 3 Vienna: Wagner, Olbrich, Hoffmann, Loos DISCUSSION: Loos and

5 Behrens, the Werkbund, and early Gropius Wright

7 --

10 Garnier and Perret none

12 Futurism and Expressionism

14 --

* 17 Le Corbusier to 1930 DISCUSSION: Le Corbusier

19 Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus Towards a New Architecture


24 Holland and the USSR DISCUSSION: review

26 America and the "International Style"


M 3 Twentieth-century classicism EXCURSION: Benjamin

5 Art Deco Franklin Parkway

7 --

17 Mies van der Rohe in Europe; Alvar Aalto EXCURSION: Philadelphia

19 -- skyscrapers

21 Frank Lloyd Wright: The Middle Period

24 Le Corbusier, 1930-1965 SUNDAY (3/30) EXCURSION:

26 Frank Lloyd Wright:Usonia Wright’s Beth Sholom

28 --

31 Gropius and Mies in America; Philip Johnson DISCUSSION: the glass box

A 2 Britain after World War II

4 --

7 Louis I. Kahn EXCURSION: Kahn’s Erdman

9 Saarinen, Rudolph, Roche, Pei Hall

11 --

14 Venturi and Moore DISCUSSION: Venturi et al.

16 Greys and whites Learning from Las Vegas

18 --

* 21 The Presence of the Past none

23 East and West, North and South

25 After the twentieth century

* Papers due on these dates; see separate assignment sheets. ALL assigned work must be completed to receive credit for the course.

Attendance at discussion sections is REQUIRED. Weighting: proposal 15%, mid term exam 25%, term paper 30%, final exam 30%










HISTORY OF ART 282: Modern Architecture BOOK LIST

Prof. David B. Brownlee Spring 2003



Tim and Charlotte Benton. Architecture and Design, 1890-1939: An International Anthology of Original Articles. New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1975.

*Peter Blake. The Master Builders. New York: Norton, 1976.

*Ulrich Conrads. Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-century Architecture. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT

Press, 1975.

*William Curtis. Modern Architecture Since 1900. 3rd edition. New York: Prentice Hall, 1996.

*Le Corbusier. Towards a New Architecture. Reprint. New York: Dover, 1986.

Lewis Mumford. From the Ground Up: Observations on Contemporary Architecture, Housing, Highway

Building, and Civic Design. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1956.

Nikolaus Pevsner. Pioneers of Modern Design. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975.

*Vincent Scully. American Architecture and Urbanism. New York: Henry Holt, 1988.

*Louis Sullivan. Kindergarten Chats. Reprint. New York: Dover, 1979.

*Robert Venturi, et al. Learning from Las Vegas. Revised edition. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1977.

Frank Lloyd Wright. "The Art and Craft of the Machine," [1901] in Writings and Buildings, Edgar

Kaufmann and Ben Raeburn (eds.) New York: Horizon, 1960. Pp. 55-73.



All books are on reserve at the Fischer Fine Arts Library in the Furness Building. Those marked with an asterisk are available for purchase at the Pennsylvania Book Center, 130 South 34th Street.

Consult the READINGS sheet for weekly page assignments.