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48-579 Contemporary London Architecture

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In recent years a new generation of architects has emerged in London, a generation separate from the great High-Tech offices (Foster, Rogers, Hopkins, Grimshaw) and the cosmopolitan orbit of the Architectural Association in the 1970s (Koolhaas, Tschumi, Hadid, Coates). This new generation is intimately engaged with Englands contemporary urban condition. In particular, these "Gritty Brits" operate in the East End of London, a context that is both post-industrial and home to many successful Young British Artists. If the Walsall Art Gallery by Adam Caruso and Peter St.John appears remarkably sober and tailored, Blue House by Fat is an instantaneous Pop icon. If Sergison Batess Social Housing Prototype is a discreet re-presentation of the generic semi-detached house, urban design proposals by muf mix community memories with new modes of decoration. David Adjaye has built homes for successful artists (Tim Noble/Sue Webster) as well as Idea Stores, a reinterpretation of the traditional borough library. This course investigates certain key works in recent English architecture together with aspects of urbanisation and visual culture in contemporary London (music, literature, cinema, fashion). Also included is an appraisal of London culture in the 1950s when appreciation of The Everyday ranged from New Brutalist architecture and Kitchen Sink dramas to early Pop collages by Richard Hamilton.

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  Spring 2005 times

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A 6:30 - 9:20 pm W Instructor TBA CFA 206A Add course to my schedule

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