L | The 20th Century

  Photo of the 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.

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 exploration 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, Audimax, Grüner Hörsaal

October 24, 2022 | The Guaranty Building in Buffalo
October 31, 2022 | The Robie House in Chicago
November 7, 2022 | The Vienna Post Office Savings Bank
November 14, 2022 | The AEG Turbine Hall in Berlin
November 28, 2022 | The Bauhaus Building in Dessau
December 5, 2022 | The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam
December 12, 2022 | The Villa Savoye in Poissy
December 19, 2022 | The Unité d'Habitation in Marseille
January 9, 2023 | The Farnsworth House in Plano
January 16, 2023 | The Vanna Venturi House in Philadelphia
January 23, 2023 | The Pilgrimage Church of Mary Queen of Peace in Neviges
January 30, 2023 | The Centre Pompidou in Paris


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