L | The 20th Century

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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.

Using twelve selected individual buildings as examples, the lecture shows how architecture reacts to the innovations of the 20th century and puts them into service. 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.

The contents of the lecture History of Architecture 2a (new examination regulations 2019) will be examined together with the exercise History of Architecture 2b at the end of the summer semester in the context of a portfolio submission. We will provide you with further information on this in good time during the lecture.



Cultural and Historical Basics II
Part architectural history 2a
B.Sc. | 3rd semester


Regular date: Mondays, 4:30pm to 6pm, via moodle or zoom

October 26, 2020 | Guaranty Building, Buffalo
November 2nd, 2020 | Robie House, Chicago
November 9, 2020 | Austrian Postal Savings Bank, Vienna
November 16, 2020 | AEG-Turbine-Hall, Berlin
November 23, 2020 | Bauhaus Main Building, Dessau
November 30, 2020 | Van-Nelle-Factory, Rotterdam
December 7, 2020 | Villa Savoye, Poissy
December 14, 2020 | Unité d‘Habitation, Marseille
January 11, 2021 | Farnsworth House, Plano
January 18, 2021 | Vanna-Venturi-House, Philadelphia
January 25, 2021 | Pilgrimage Church Maria Königin des Friedens in Neviges
February 1st, 2021 | Centre Pompidou in Paris


Dr.-Ing. Tobias Glitsch
Dipl.-Ing. Architektin Verena Hake
Dr.-Ing. Caroline Helmenstein
Felix Martin, M. Sc. RWTH
Dipl.-Arch. Bruno Schindler