This module will examine the development in the theory and practice of architecture from c.1800 to 1950, covering topics such as 19th-century Eclecticism, the Victorian City, and the Arts and Crafts era. It touches on technical and stylistic developments, dramatic changes in design theories, on the impact of the introduction of new building materials, on the rise of new building types, and on the impact of explosive urban growth. Emphasis will be on how this era changed the way we experience the built environment via the work of individual architects, designers, and movements. Consideration will largely be on how, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, vernacular revival idioms became fashionable and had a lasting impact on the identity of town and country, both here and abroad.
Module learning outcomes
By the conclusion of the module the student should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of key developments and innovations in the history of ‘modernism’ from the early 19th to the mid 20th century
Distinguish between and assess the key conceptual, stylistic, and thematic preoccupations of the groups, movements, schools, and individual architects of the time
Articulate how these preoccupations are interrelated with the wider social and political movements of the period
Demonstrate detailed knowledge of selected sites and structures, and their significance
Outline the aesthetic and theoretical debates which have informed the historical trajectory of the era
Identify how changes in technology, industry, and the capitalist economy in Britain transformed the built environment.
Possess knowledge of current academic debates and ideas (particularly from a wide range of disciplines)
% of module mark
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.
The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.