Architectural Criticism

Course Code :2023FOWARC
Study domain:Architecture
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:24
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Sofie De Caigny

3. Course contents *

Architecture criticism aims to introduce scholars in looking, thinking and writing in a critical manner about architecture. It does so by giving an overview of critical traditions in 20th Century architectural criticism. Scholars are expected to read, study and analyze critical text on architecture by various national and international authors, and are encouraged to build up a coherent critical argument on contemporary buildings and urban designs. To do so, the course starts with an introduction on architectural criticism (origin, intellectual traditions, social position and perspectives of architectural criticism). Second, recent Flemish architecture culture and the role of architectural criticism is addressed in a second lecture. After this double introduction, general and international on the one hand while Flemish and specific on certain buildings and texts on the other, the rest of the course is structured by Alexandra Lange’s book Writing about architecture. In this publication, chapters open with significant texts by renowned critics. Lange adds to the texts a close reading on the arguments, structure, focus, approach and theme of the texts. Students are encouraged to adopt this analysis in a paper they have to send in as final exam.Architecture criticism aims to introduce scholars in looking, thinking and writing in a critical manner about architecture. It does so by giving an overview of critical traditions in 20th Century architectural criticism. Scholars are expected to read, study and analyze critical text on architecture by various national and international authors, and are encouraged to build up a coherent critical argument on contemporary buildings and urban designs. To do so, the course starts with an introduction on architectural criticism (origin, intellectual traditions, social position and perspectives of architectural criticism). Second, recent Flemish architecture culture and the role of architectural criticism is addressed in a second lecture. After this double introduction, general and international on the one hand while Flemish and specific on certain buildings and texts on the other, the rest of the course is structured by Alexandra Lange’s book Writing about architecture. In this publication, chapters open with significant texts by renowned critics. Lange adds to the texts a close reading on the arguments, structure, focus, approach and theme of the texts. Students are encouraged to adopt this analysis in a paper they have to send in as final exam.