INTRODUCTION

The history of contemporary architecture is inevitably multiple, multifarious even; a history of the structures that form the human environment independently of architecture itself; a history of the attempts to control and direct those structures; a history of the intellectuals who have sought to devise policies and methods for those attempts; a history of new languages which, having abandoned all hope of arriving at absolute and definitive words, have striven to delimit the area of their particular contribution.
Obviously the intersection of all those manifold histories will never end up in unity. The realm of history is, by nature, dialectical.

Manfredo Tafuri and Francesco Dal Co. L’architettura contemporanea, 1976

INTRODUCTION:

The Contemporary Practice Lecture series covers the History of Interventions in Interior Design, Architecture and Arts Practice contexts from 1900 to the present day.
The series proceeds chronologically, covering projects pre-World War 1 in Term 1 and following on to cover the Inter War and Post-War Era in Term 2.

As the series proceeds you will develop a coherent understanding of:
• The major works in Art & Design in comprehensive detail
• Key styles and movements in the history of Art & Design
• The contextual topography and debate surrounding the work

The series is envisioned as a sequence of dialogues that are instigated by the weekly Lectures, and responded to by each student in the form of a weblog. These blogs will develop continually throughout the year, and form a comprehensive research resource that will fold back into your design practice and history and theory projects as the year develops.

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~ by malgodesign on January 27, 2010.

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