063-0803-02L  History and Theory of Architecture IX (Gnehm)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersM. Gnehm
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentThe course languages are German and English.
This core course (ends with «02L») can only be passed once! Please check this before signing up.


063-0803-02 VArchitekturgeschichte und -theorie IX (Gnehm)
Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 29.10. (Seminarwoche) sowie am 17./24.12. (vor Schlussabgaben).
Kurssprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch.
1 hrs
Fri11:45-12:30HIL E 8 »
M. Gnehm

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AbstractBetween Cosmos and Chaos: Gottfried Semper’s Theory of Architecture

The lecture discusses Gottfried Semper’s complex approach to architecture as the «small world» created by mankind within a global scope framing history and the present between a cosmological totality and chaotic fragmentation.
ObjectiveKnowledge of Semper’s theory and practice in the disciplinary context of ninteenth-century historicism and present-day architectural discourse.
ContentThe seductiveness of Semper’s theory of architecture lies not least in the fact that he exploded world art histories popularized around the mid-nineteenth century through multifarious disciplinary borrowings ranging from anthropology to aesthetics and including natural sciences and linguistics, physiology and psychology, art and industry. This parallels his linking the smallest object and detail to the largest monumental building and his addressing philosophical questions centred around architecture such as those of the relation between nature and culture, the universal and the local, the material and the immaterial, body and soul, image and language, art and interpretation. In doing so, his global scope provokes political questions regarding the relation of identity and foreignness, of the West to the rest of the world.
Prerequisites / NoticePlease note, this is a core course and it can only be passed once during the curriculum. Please check before enrolling!

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersM. Gnehm
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Admission requirementThis core course (ends with «02L») can only be passed once! Please check this before signing up.

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