Modern Architecture and Urbanism

Modernist architecture“Modernist architecture” is a broad term commonly used in art and design education that encompasses many design and building styles with similar characteristics. This primarily is regarding simplification of the actual form and removal of decorations.

While attending online art and design classes, through a series of lectures, students are introduced to the emergence and development of Modernism in architecture. It is believed that Van der Rohe, Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier are pioneers of modern architecture. The term “modernism” is taken from the French language and marks the modernity of art and design .

To some art historians, this also includes the postmodern architecture. “Modernist architecture”, as a part of the art and design online degree program  mainly is concerned on celebrating the well known Art Nouveau, which in different countries is known under different names.

Online classes for “Modernist architecture” are split into three parts: First part is regarding the Roots of modernism – consideration of decomposition of the large Baroque synthesis and the following appearance of Classicism in architecture; analyzes of the influence of industrialization, new technologies and social change in the architecture; learning the process of revivalism  of styles from past, with special emphasis on the emergence and development of a new concepts of architectural space.

Next part is about the Crystallization of modernism – particularly a detailed study of the great works of architecture from: Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Van der Rohe, and the occurrence and development of significant movements such as Futurism, De Stijl, Purism, Expressionism, Constructivism, while paying particular attention to the mutual influence between architecture and other visual arts plus the mutual influence of important movements, schools and groups.

Last part is exploring the Tradition of modernism – a review of developments in architecture which ran parallel with the development of the Modernism: The continuity of tradition, Art Deco, architecture of the totalitarian regimes in Germany, Italy and the USSR. The degree program extends with examination of the development of completely new tendencies in architecture: Slick-Tech, High-Tech, Deconstructionism, and exploring some large projects in New York, Paris, London and Berlin.