L | Architectural History of the City

  Skyline of the city of Florence Copyright: © 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, to the modern era 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 linked to them?

In order to answer those questions, 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 predominantly chronological approach, certain aspects will be also examined in diachronic digressions, i.e. on a level that points beyond their time-specific context. The social, economic, religious and philosophical framework for urban planning and design decisions will certainly be 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 is aimed at enabling prospective architects and urban planners to see cities more consciously and to name and understand the various layers of time and their respective qualities - an indispensable prerequisite for contemporary designs that contribute with sufficient complexity to the diversity of urban references.



History and Theory I (former examination regulations)
M.Sc. | 1st semester


Mondays, 4:15 to 5:45pm, Knorr-Bremse Hörsaal C.A.R.L.

October 14, 2019 | Introduction Aachen: From a Roman military bath to a modern university town
October 21, 2019 | No lecture
October 28, 2019 | Early advanced civilizations and antiquity
November 4, 2019 | Middle Ages I: Fundamentals of medieval urban planning
November 11, 2019 | Middle Ages II: Urban Art in Medieval Florence
November 18, 2019 | Early Modern Times I: Urban Development and Humanism in the Early Renaissance
November 25, 2019 | White Week No lecture
December 2, 2019 | Early Modern Times II: Urban Development of Early Habsolutism
December 9, 2019 | Early Modern Times III: Baroque urban planning (17th/18th century)
December 16, 2019 | 18th/19th century: The foundations of the modern metropolis
December 23, 2019 | Christmas Holidays No lecture
December 30, 2019 | Christmas Holidays No lecture
January 6, 2020 | Christmas Holidays No lecture
January 13, 2020 20th century: Suburbanization versus Metropolitanization I
January 20, 2020 | 20th century: Suburbanization versus Metropolitanization II
January 27, 2020 | Questions, preparation for the exam


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