Taubman College

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Term Winter 2012
Class ARCH 603
Class Title Industrialization and Acceleration in Modern Building
Description This seminar studies technological change in modern architecture. Moving from 19th c. industrialization to post-Fordism in the West, it will tease out a recurrent tension: architecture as one-off creation, versus buildings as mass-produced good. Moving from Marx’s analysis of industrial capitalism to developments within the building industry itself, the course considers architects’ responses to the mandates of technological change. Among topics we will study: Ludwig Hilbersheimer’s Großstadt in relation to Fordism, the Bauhaus in relation to factory construction, James Stirling’s extruded buildings in relation to “endless” architecture and systems building, Metabolism in relation to utopian urban theory, and massive infrastructures of commerce and their impact on building in the present. Course requirements will including, reading, discussion, and a series of short exercises over the course of the semester.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective Yes
Meets Mondays 9:00am-12:00pm 2227 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty Claire Zimmerman
Syllabus Arch603_Zimmerman_Winter12.pdf