Architecture, Environment and Technology (Theory, History and Culture)

Several case studies are explored in which the technology had played a fundamental role in the development of the architecture of Modernity. The approach proposed in the course aims to expand the horizons of the history of architecture towards the fields and methodologies of cultural history, the history of technology and the debate on the “social construction” of technological systems.

  • I. The break between art and technology
    • Turn construction into a science
    • The professional relationship between architects and engineers in the 19th century
    • Problems of technological transfer in the so-called “Catalan construction”
  • II. Architecture and technical impact of industrialization
    • New materials and technological change: Iron in 19th century engineering
    • New materials, new architecture? Iron in 19th century architecture
    • Debates around the term “tectonics”
    • Contribution of the curtain wall to a new vernacular? Images and reflections of Modernity
  • III. Architecture, territory and sustainability
    • Sustainability: approaches from cultural history
    • Sustainability and architecture in the 20th century
    • New vision of the contemporary city: the urbanism of networks
  • IV. Ways to integrate technology into the history of architecture
    • Historiographical traditions: History of Technology, Social History of Science and Technology, and Social Construction of Technology (SCOT)
    • Social construction of housing, a case study
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Grandville || Le pont des planètes, 1844

Jean-Baptiste Rondelet, 1787

Hans Carl von Carlowitz – Sylvicultura_oeconomica, 1713

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