The introductory part of this course, lasting the first five weeks of the first term, provides you with a foundation in Architectural Research and critical spatial theory. It provides an understanding of the work of several important protagonists -writers, artists, curators, activists and architects -who explored the production, theorisation and representation of space, especially urban space.

Reading Material:

Le Corbusier, Precisions

Leonardo Benevolo, The beginning of modern research 1930-40

Vittorio Gregotti, Italian Design, 1945-1971

This is Tomorrow, Whitechapel, 1956

Bernard Rodofsky, Architecture without architects_01

R. Ventury & D.S. Brown, Learning from Las Vegas + Reyner Banham, The atavism of the short-distance mini-cyclist

Colin Rowe, Fred Koetter, Collage City

Celso Favaretto, Tropicalia

P. Eisenman & J. Derrida, Chora L. Works

R. Koolhaas, Delirious New York

R. Koolhaas, Less is More, SMLXL