L | The Architectural History of the City

  Skyline of the city of Florence © Anke Naujokat  

The Architectural History of the City
from Antiquity to the 21st Century

The lecture gives an overview of the architectural history of the city from antiquity to the middle ages, the modern age and the industrial revolution up to today's information age. The focus lies on the question of how cities have acquired their urban and architectural form. Which factors and intentions led to the emergence of certain architectural and urban designs, and which effects and statements are respectively linked to these?
In order to approach this question, we will describe and analyse the complex interplay of urban structures and architectural designs on the basis of examples typical of their time. In addition to a basically chronological procedure, certain aspects are examined in excursions diachronically, i.e. on a level that points beyond their time-specific context. The social, economic, religious and philosophical framework conditions for urban planning and design decisions are addressed. However, special attention is paid to the urban form as a carrier of meaning and to the special tradition of the European "historical city" as the product of a continuous redesign, in which the new becomes readable only against the background of what already exists.
According to the rule "You only see what you know", the lecture should enable prospective architects and urban planners to see cities more consciously and to be able to name and understand the various layers of time with their respective qualities. For this is the prerequisite for contemporary designs of the necessary complexity to contribute to the diversity of urban references.



History and Theory I
M.Sc. | 1st Semester


Mondays, 4:30pm to 6pm, H06 C.A.R.L. 1385 | 103
Start: October 8, 2018
All dates and topics: see PDF attached to the site


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Naujokat