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Post-war history of construction and architecture
ARCH - H406

I. Informations générales
Intitulé de l'unité d'enseignement * Post-war history of construction and architecture
Langue d'enseignement * Enseigné en anglais
Niveau du cadre de certification * Niveau 7 (2e cycle-MA/MC/MA60)
Discipline * Architecture
Titulaire(s) * [y inclus le coordonnateur] Rika DEVOS (coordonnateur)
II. Place de l'enseignement
Unité(s) d'enseignement co-requise(s) *
Unité(s) d'enseignement pré-requise(s) *
Connaissances et compétences pré-requises * BA level course on architecture history, 20th century + basic architecture skills (reading drawings), basic knowledge of construction materials, English
Programme(s) d'études comprenant l'unité d'enseignement - M-IRARE - Master en ingénieur civil architecte (4 crédits, obligatoire)
III. Objectifs et méthodologies
Contribution de l'unité d'enseignement au profil d'enseignement *

This teaching unit contributes to the following competences:

  •  conceive, plan and execute a research project, based on an analysis of its objectives, existing knowledge and the relevant literature, with attention to innovation and valorisation in industry and society
  •  correctly report on research or design results in the form of a technical report or in the form of a scientific paper
  • present and defend results in a scientifically sound way, using contemporary communication tools, for a national as well as for an international professional or lay audience
  • collaborate in a (multidisciplinary) team
  • a creative, problem-solving, result-driven and evidence-based attitude, aiming at innovation and applicability in industry and society
  • a critical attitude towards one’s own results and those of others
  • consciousness of the ethical, social, environmental and economic context of his/her work and strives for sustainable solutions to engineering problems including safety and quality assurance aspects
  • the flexibility and adaptability to work in an international and/or intercultural context
  • architectural sciences and sustainable design methods and theories with the specificity of their application to complex architectural and urban design projects
  • critically analyse and reflect on the historical and theoretical context of architectural and urban projects
Objectifs de l'unité d'enseignement (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques) *

The course will introduce students to the historiographical practices of both construction and architectre history and critically assess their differences and overlaps.

As such, the course aims:

(1) at offering general knowledge on relevant historical facts, their complex relations and impact and their interrelated historiographies;

(2) at developing a critical understanding of research in the contemporary histories of construction and architecture;

(3) at training students in scientific research, reading and writing, based largely on a delineated, but broad corpus of primary texts.

On completion of this module students are aware of the current topics and research methods in the history of construction and architecture. They are able to engage in research activities such as critical reading, bibliographic research (journals, books, databases and when applicable: archives) and written and oral, critical assessment of a defined topic in post-war construction and/or architecture history.

Contenu de l'unité d'enseignement *

“Post-war history of construction and architecture” will expand on current tendencies, concepts and methods prevalent in the disciplines dealing with post-WWII construction and architecture. The recurrent theme is determined by the broad and decisive changes instigated by the introduction of new technologies and methods in the field of architecture, construction and building in the period 1945-1980. The thematic focus can change per annum, while for specific cases the period assessed can be enlarged.

A selection of these new post-war technological and post-war “tools” will be treated in detail, confronting students with the interweaving of fields of knowledge and their interdisciplinary approach. Among these “tools” : prefabrication, plastics, lightweight building (tensegrity, 3D frames, tensile structures), modern wood, new requirements in comfort, …

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages *

Ex cathedra teaching (12h), by the titular and/or guests.

Collective critical reading (in pairs, 3 sessions).

Scientific writing with consultancy (in pairs) and peer review.

Presentations by students (in pairs).

Support(s) de cours indispensable(s) *
Autres supports de cours

Slides from the ex cathedra lessons made available.

Pdf with selected texts provided.

Selection of books for additional reading.

Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées *

ADDIS, Bill. Building: 3000 years of design engineering and construction. London: Phaidon, 2007

ARNOLD, Dana, Elvan Altan ERGUT and Belgin TURAN ÖZKAYA, eds., Rethinking Architectural Historiography, New York: Routledge, 2006

BANHAM, Reyner, The architecture of the well-tempered environment. London: Architectural press, 1969

BRAHAM, William W. & Jonathan A. HALE. Rethinking Technology. A Reader in Architectural Theory. New York: Routledge, 2007

CURTIS, William J. Modern architecture since 1900. London: Phaidon, 1982.

WILLIAMS GOLDHAGEN, Sarah & Réjean LEGAULT, eds. Anxious Modernisms. Experimentation in Postwar Architectural Culture. Montreal/Cambridge: CCA/MIT Press, 2000.
FANELLI, Giovanni and Roberto GARGIANI, Histoire de l’architecture moderne. Structure et revêtement. Lausanne: Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2008.

FRAMPTON, Kenneth. Studies in tectonic culture: the poetics of construction in nineteenth and twentieth century architecture. Chicago: Graham foundation for advanced studies in the fine arts, 1995.

GARGIANI, Roberto, ed. L’architrave, le plancher, la plate-forme. Nouvelle histoire de la construction. Lausanne : Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2012.

PICON, Antoine, ed. L’art de l’ingénieur: constructeur, entrepreneur, inventeur. Paris: Le Moniteur, 1997.

IV. Evaluation
Méthode(s) d'évaluation *

Students are evaluated on the basis of various assignments, with intermediate submissions. The final, major assignment is the writing of a scientific paper, to be presented in the last session. Students also engage in a peer review procedure during this process.

Students are evaluated on the course content by oral examination.

Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles) *
Langue d'évaluation *


V. Organisation pratique
Institution organisatrice * ULB
Faculté gestionnaire * Ecole polytechnique Bruxelles
Quadrimestre * Premier quadrimestre (NRE : 34435)
Horaire * Premier quadrimestre
Volume horaire
VI. Coordination pédagogique
Contact *

Email for appointments:

Service BATir : Av. Buyl, 87, bâtiment C, 5ième étage.

Tél: 02/650 65 53


Lieu d’enseignement *
VII. Autres informations relatives à l’unité d’enseignement

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