L | The 20th Century

  Foto des Farnsworth House Copyright: © Felix Martin  

An architectural (hi)story told by twelve buildings

The 20th century, its society, and its cultural achievements are defined by the rapid development of new technological possibilities. As a consequence, fundamental innovations also took place in the field of architecture. Building materials, building construction, building tasks and building processes changed. These then inspired experiments with space and composition, which eventually led to a general transformation of the means of expression and the design intent in architecture.

The thorough examination of a specific and prominent architecural example will ensure that, during the examination of time-specific innovations, the general understanding of the constant principles at play will not get lost. In looking at all that is new, awareness is being raised for what remains and endures in architecture, thus helping to understand the fundamental, timeless questions, the answers to which can be found with the help of different means according to each respective time period.

At the end of the semester, the lecture series will conclude with an oral examination offered in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Historic Building Research. All examination requirements will be communicated during the lectures.



Cultural and Historical Basics II
B.Sc. | 4th semester


Regular date: Wednesdays, 4pm to 5:30pm, C.A.R.L., Knorr-Bremse-Hörsaal (H04)

April 3, 2019 | Guarantee-Building, Buffalo
April 10, 2019 | Robie House, Chicago
April 17, 2019 | Postsparkasse, Vienna
April 24, 2019 | AEG-Turbine-Hall, Berlin
May 8, 2019 | Bauhaus Main Building, Dessau
May 15, 2019 | Van-Nelle-Factory, Rotterdam
May 22, 2019 | Villa Savoye, Poissy
May 29, 2019 | Unité d‘Habitation, Marseille
June 5, 2019 | Farnsworth House, Plano
June 19, 2019 | St.-Laurentius-Church, Munich
June 26, 2019 | Vanna-Venturi-House, Philadelphia
July 3, 2019 | Centre Pompidou in Paris
July 10, 2019 | Reserve Date


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Naujokat
Dr.-Ing. Caroline Helmenstein
Dipl. Arch. Bruno Schindler