L | The 20th Century

  Photo of the Farnsworth House © 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.

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 Zoom (link will be announced via Moodle)

October 18, 2021 | The Guaranty Building in Buffalo                        
October 25, 2021 | The Robie House in Chicago                     
November 08, 2021 | The Vienna Post Office Savings Bank                        
November 15, 2021 | The AEG Turbine Hall in Berlin
November 29, 2021 | The Bauhaus Building in Dessau
December 06, 2021 | The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam    
December 13, 2021 | The Villa Savoye in Poissy    
December 20, 2021 | The Unité d'Habitation in Marseille
January 10, 2022 | The Farnsworth House in Plano
January 17, 2022 | The Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia
January 24, 2022 | The Pilgrimage Church of Mary Queen of Peace in Neviges
January 31, 2022 | The Centre Pompidou in Paris


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Naujokat
Dr.-Ing. Caroline Helmenstein
Felix Martin, M. Sc. RWTH
Dipl.-Arch. Bruno Schindler