ARTH 371/4-A - Studies in Canadian Architecture
INSTRUCTOR: MARGARET HODGES
This course traces the development of Modern architecture in Canada and subsequent movements in the late 20th century. The later part of the course will be devoted to important contemporary works, and the movement toward 'green' architecture. In the first weeks we will become acquainted with the language of historic styles in the built environment. We will explore the early styles in the context of European and American influences, and the period of modernization that occurred in the inter-war years. From these historic roots we will examine the emergence of the International Style at mid-century and critical movements that followed, including Brutalism, Post-Modernism and Late Modernism. Finally, we will gain an understanding of contemporary trends in light of the positive aspects of both historic and Modern architecture. The lectures will vary in focus: Some will examine the careers of major architects in detail; others will treat the design and building history of major monuments; while others will be devoted to major architectural movements. Readings will likewise alternate between surveys, biographic accounts of significant architects, and key theoretical writings, in order that the students encounter the principal types of architectural literature.