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Tracing the History of Contemporary Architecture

Contemporary architecture uses the latest materials and technologies to create unique new forms and state-of-the-art environmental efficiencies. However, today’s architectural styles owe much to earlier architectural periods. In this course, we first examine examples of new architecture and then trace the origins of these examples back to earlier 20th-century movements such as modernism and brutalism. Works and philosophies of architectural thought leaders such as by Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier will be studied, as well as pioneers of contemporary organic architecture such as Eero Saarinen and Frank Gehry. This course includes a walking tour in Manhattan to examine selected contemporary architectural projects.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of architectural styles
  • Knowledge of the development of architecture

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Prospective and practicing art professionals
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