Architecture, Theory and Criticism (Project, Process and Programming)

This course stimulates the construction of a critical discourse on an architectural topic. A selection of books and articles will contribute the subjects to be discussed and will act as an excuse to deal with others. A series of texts grouped by thematic affinity will be discussed in each of the sessions. Their link with the topics considered in the other subjects of the common block will be promoted.

The critical positioning of relevant authors of the architectural culture will be recognize through the consideration of the book as a whole document and the reading of the text will . This way, the student will be helped to establish their own in front of the reference author, but, above all, in front of the architecture itself and will be encouraged to formulate it verbally and graphically and communicate it in public.

To raise new questions about architecture and to exercise criticism about it, it is important to call it to study and prepare the way to approach it. Books and magazines provide textual and graphic content and transmit information at a various levels. Writing is a sort of criticism available to the architect, but also the drawing of a freehand sketch, an outline, a plant or the selection of certain photographs reveal a personal judgment.

Each reference book will be presented with the consideration of its first edition as well as the revision of the topics that break down the index, or the semantic field used in the title of chapters and sub-chapters or of the type of graphic documentation that contains, among other aspects. The basic bibliography will be completed with other complementary readings.

Throughout the course of the classes, each student must define a critical position in relation to the books, articles and topics presented in the theoretical class, individually. This theoretical positioning should be reflected in a brief critical text, between 250 and 500 words, which will serve to initiate the debate in each of the sessions. The purpose is to establish relationships between the themes of the classes and expand them to open new areas of debate. At the end of the course, each student must have written a total of 5 brief critical texts, these texts will form the final delivery.

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