History of Architecture (m) [Sede VR] (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Gianmario Guidarelli
Gianmario Guidarelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem 2A, Sem 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Acquisire competenze specifiche per la lettura del manufatto architettonico; approfondire le conoscenze relative alla storia dell’architettura europea.


The course will address the history of contemporary architecture according to its main guidelines. The theoretical, design and historiographical issues relating to the most significant episodes of architecture between the second half of the eighteenth century and the twentieth century will be treated in a predominantly European and North American perspective. The main topics will be:
- crisis of classicism, with the "Opinion on Architecture" by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1765)
- the system of styles in the nineteenth century
- Art Nouveau
- Avant-gardes
- Modern Movement
- the crisis of the Modern Movement
During the lectures the critical confrontation between the architectural production and the theoretical reflection, and the comparison with the socio-political, economic and cultural context, but also with the technological innovations will be deepened.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Guido Zucconi La città dell'Ottcoento Laterza 2001 9788842064817
Elena Dellapiana, Guido Montanari Una storia dell'architettura contemporanea (Edizione 1) Novara, UTET Università 2015 978-88-6008-421-7

Assessment methods and criteria

The objective of the exam is to verify the knowledge of the topics addressed in the lectures and the bibliography. Exam Syllabus: The student will have to demonstrate to know critically the contents of the course and to be able to analyze architectural artifacts and their language knowing how to contextualize them in their time, in the work of the architect and in the framework of the overall development of the history of architecture.
Test procedure: the exam will be an oral test and will take place with constant reference to images.
The test will be unique and the evaluation will be expressed in thirtieths. There are no differentiated procedures for attending and non-attending students