Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
PhD Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 622 20th Century Architecture of the World Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 7.5 3 48 English

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Mila Nikolic, Lecturer Mila Nikolic, Lecturer
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This course is an advanced graduate seminar, whose purpose is to provide a forum for methodological discussion and presentation of individual research. The course will allow students to develop familiarity with a key body of architectural production and theoretical texts, in order to apply this understanding to new or ongoing research projects.
The 20th century architecture and the most recent development within the discipline – and towards a knowledge-based society - will be analyzed through the lens of cultural infrastructure as an architectural and urban manifesto.

  1. Modern and contemporary 20th century world architecture
  2. Late CIAM and the Architecture of the Welfare State. Buildings to Study: James Stirling - Engineering Building, Leicester University, History Faculty Building, Cambridge University; Alison and Peter Smithson - Sheffield University Extension
  3. Traces on the City. Buildings to Study: Situationist projects; Projects by Constant
  4. Technofantasy/Megastructure. Superstudio - Italy between First and Third Worlds. Buildings to Study: Cedric Price - The Fun Palace; Archigram projects. Compare Archigram and Superstudio Projects
  5. Culture Forums. Projects analysis. Discussion.
  6. New York: Ambience megapolis. Analysis: New York museums and galleries. Museum Mile.
  7. National Mall, Washington, D.C. SOM Analysis of the case.
  8. Grand Projets of French Presidents. Projects to study: Bulevard Peripherique, La Defense, Le Grand Louvre
  9. Architecture and Deconstruction. Projects to study: Bernard Tschumi - Parc de la Villette
  10. Blobs, Curves and the Formless. Buildings to Study: Frank Gehry - Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Greg Lynn - Artists\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
  11. University Campus and City: Architecture and urban design for knowledge-based society. Analysis of cases.
  12. DELIVERY OF TERM PAPERS. Presentations and discussions on main research theme.
  13. Regional Culture: New centralities, new cultural projects. Bahrain, Abu Dhabi Masdar City, Vorarlberg
  14. Course evaluation + review. PAPERS FEEDBACK and preparation for final presentation.


      • Lectures
      • Practical Sessions
      • Excersises
      • Presentation
      • Seminar
      • Project
      Description (%)
      Method Quantity Percentage (%)
      Lab/Practical Exam(s)20
      Term Paper140
      Total: 100
      Learning outcomes
      • Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the theories and principles
      • Creatively apply contemporary theories, processes and tools in the development and evaluation in the field of architecture and urban planning
      • Actively participate in, reflect upon, and take responsibility for personal learning and development, within a framework of lifelong learning and continued professional development
      • Giedion, Sigfried: Space, Time and Architecture - The Growth of a New Tradition“, 5th. rev. & enl. ed., Harvard Uni. Press, 2009.

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)16348
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
      Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
      Final Examination(1 week) 0
      Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
      Preparation for Final Examination7,50
      Total Workload: 48
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 2