AHST 411 Theorizing the Real in Contemporary Practice

The course focuses upon selected works of three noted and influential contemporary practicesKoolhaas, Machado and Silvetti, Moneo, and in particular on the way that each understands the idea of the real as a guiding and originary idea in architecture. Significantly, each of the three practices operates cross-culturally, drawing attention to the frictions among ideas of regionalism and global culture, universal modernity and local tectonics. Equally significantly, 161 these practices are recognized for their theoretical writing as well as for their projects, enabling comparative analysis within the practice itself.