4607895: Theory of the Built Environment (Lecture)

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Semester:WS 18/19
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:16.0 L / 12.0 h
Self-directed study time:48.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)


“Theory of the Built Environment” introduces and discusses contemporary architectural theory and critical thinking, providing students with essential knowledge to place their own actions and designs into a historical, theoretical, cultural and social context. Through case studies of anthologies of key theoretical and critical texts on architecture, the course is set and developed in a historical, political and philosophical context. These lectures are devoted to the understanding of theories and critical interpretations as a design tool, encouraging students to be able to think across tendencies, trends and events and position themselves as conscious architects in today’s society. The different themes presented through several texts are understood as tools in the hands of architects. The architectural theories are not pure abstractions, they move between absolute positions and relative relations.

Learning Outcomes

Professional competence

  • Translate contemporary architectural theory into personal context and work
  • Explain competently, discuss and critique own work through oral and written presentations


Lectures Method

Lecture: discourse, writing


Frampton K.: Modern Architecture. A critical History, 1980
Leach N.: Rethinking architecture, 1997
Michael Hays K.: Architecture Theory since 1968, 1998
Conrads U.: Programs and Manifestoes of Architecture of the 20. Century, 2001
Jencks C.: Theories and Manifestoes of contemporary architecture, 2008

Exam Modalities



20.11.201808:30 - 11:45H7 (Fabrikweg)
27.11.201808:30 - 11:45H7 (Fabrikweg)
04.12.201808:30 - 11:45H7 (Fabrikweg)
11.12.201808:30 - 11:45H7 (Fabrikweg)


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