|Scope details||6 Credits|
|Level of study||Syklus 2|
|Language of instruction||Norwegian/English|
Passed foundationlevel courses
Recommended prerequisite knowledge
This elective course is for all students interested in the relationship between architecture and text.
What is the relationship between the printed and the built? Are architectural publications mere reflections of the built, or do texts and publications take active part in shaping the built environment? This elective course deals with architecture's publication cultures, moving from the classical treatise to the contemporary blog. During the semester, we read both professional and popular text genres, from technical specifications to illustrated magazines, and from 19th century catalogues, journals and advertisements, to the social media of the 21st century. Through reading, writing and textual analyses, we study how architectural publications communicate with professional and general publics, and discuss the entangled relationships between the printed and the built.
The students will acquire skills in reading, discussing, and analyzing texts of various genres, and will also write themselves. They will be introduced to the academic craft and learn to recognize different textual approaches.
Working and learning activities
The course is composed as a series of lectures, reading seminars and writing assignments. The students are assessed on the basis of participation as well as a final essay.
Professor in chargeProfessor Mari Hvattum
Mandatory work requirements
|Work requirements||Number||Number of approved||Mandatory presence||Comment|
|Other - specify in comments||
|Assessment||Date||Duration||Grade scale||Oral examination|
|Semesteroppgave||Pass / Fail|
|Annen vurderingsform, definer i kommentarfelt||Pass / Fail|
The students are assessed on the basis of participation as well as a final essay.
Reading lists / teaching materials
Colomina, Beatriz, Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media. Cambridge, MIT Press, 1994.
Crysler, Greig, Writing Spaces, Discourses of Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment, 1960-2000, Routledge, London, 2003.
Jencks, Charles, « The Bigness of Small Magazines », in Architectural Design, vol. 71, n°1, février 2001, p. 94-95.
Lipstadt, Hélène, “Architecture and its image : Notes towards the definition of Architectural Publication”, in Architectural Design, 1989, nr 59, 12-23.
Parnell, Steve, “AR’s and AD’s post-war editorial policies: the making of modern architecture in Britain”, Journal of Architecture. 17(5), 2012. 763-776.
Parnell, Steve, “Architecture Magazines: Playgrounds and Battlegrounds”. In Common Ground: A Critical Reader Eds. Kieran Long and Shumi Nose, Milan: Marsilio. 2012, pp. 305-308.
Pezzini, Isabelle et Jacques Gubler. "Architecture in Journals of the Avant-Garde." Art Libraries Journal 9:1 (printemps 1984): 3-42.
Rattenbury, Kester, This Is Not Architecture: Media Constructions, (London; New York: Routledge, 2002).
Schwarzer, Mitchell. "History and Theory In Architectural Periodicals." Journal of The Society of Architectural Historians 58:3 (septembre 1999): 342-348.
Steiner, Dietmar, “Architecture and Media: the Future of the Architectural Magazines. Symposium”, Domus, n° 790, pp. 51-58.