October 2013

Architecture for the People?

October 1

Robert Venturi.  Excerpts from Contradiction and Complexity.

Supplementary Readings:

Simon Sadler.  “The Living City.”  In Archigram: Architecture without Architecture (Cambrdige: MIT Press, 2005), 53-85. ER.

Sarah Goldhagen.  “Reconceptualizing the Modern.”  In Anxious Modernisms: Experimentation in Postwar Architectural Culture, edited by Sarah Goldhagen and Rejean Legault (Cambrdige: MIT Press, 2000), 301-323. ER.

October 3

Florian Urban.  “Japanese ‘Occidentalism’ and the Emergence of Postmodernism Architecture.” Journal of Architecture Education (2012): 89-102. ER.

Fumiho Maki.  “The Japanese City and Inner Space.”  In Nurturing Dreams: Collected Essays on Architecture and the City (Cambridge, MIT Press), 150-166. ER.

Fumiho Maki.  “City and Modernism.”  In Nurturing Dreams: Collected Essays on Architecture and the City (Cambridge: MIT Press), 82-88. ER.

October 8

Here’s a documentary about Oscar Niemeyer to watch before Tuesday’s class:


Justin Read.  “Alternative Functions: Oscar Niemeyer and the Politics of Modernity.”  Modernism/Modernity 12, no. 2 (2005): 253-272.  ER.

Florian Urban.  “Brasilia, the Slab Block Capital.”  In Tower and Slab: Histories of Global Mass Housing (Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2011), 79-99. ER.


October 10

Jean Louis-Cohen.  “A Journey Through the Modern World: The Life and Work of Le Corbusier.”  In Le Corbusier’s Secret Laboratory: From Painting to Architecture, edited by Jean Louis-Cohen and Steffan Ahrenberg (Hatje Cantz), 57-93.  ER.

Peter Fitting.  “Urban Planning/Utopian Dreaming: Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh Today.”  Utopian Studies 13, no. 1 (2002): 69-93.  ER.

The Corbusier film we watched in class:



October 15

Susan Ubbelohde, “The Dance of a Summer Day: Le Corbusier’s Sarabhai House in Ahmedabad, India”  TDSR  XIV: II  2003  ER

Mary McLeod, “Architecture and Revolution: Le Corbusier, Politics and Architecture 1930-1942  ER

Lauro Cavalcanti, “The Role of Modernists in the Establishment of Brazilian Cultural Heritage”  Future Anterior 6:2 2009 14-31  ER

Edwin Heathcote, “Oscar Niemeyer: Curves in all the right places”  Financial Times

This is a brief documentary offering an overview of Le Corbusier’s work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWbcbC7uUaQ


October 17

Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira, “Of Metabolism: future cities for our contemporary world”  RISCO 14: 2 2011  ER

Malcom Miles, “Metabolism: A Japanese Modernism”  Cultural Politics 9:1 2013  pp70-85  ER

Fumihiko Maki, “The Le Corbusier Syndrome: On the Development of Modern Architecture in Japan”  In Nurturing Dreams: Collected Essays on Architecture and the City (Cambridge, MIT Press)  ER.

If you have time, you might also want watch a lecture by architect Ito Toyo entitled “What was Metabolism?”tower_of_the_sun1_1280



October 22 – Fall Break

October 24

Guy Debord.  “Perspectives for Conscious Changes in Everyday Life.”  Situationist International Online (1962).

Oswaldo de Andrade, “The Cannibalist Manifesto”

Elaine Carey, “Los Dueños de México: Power and Masculinity in ’68” in Gender and Sexuality in 1968.  Ebook in Library (ER) Chapter 2, 59-83.

Supplementary Materials:

Guy Debord.  “Report on the Construction of Situations and on the International Situationist Tendency’s Conditions of Organization and Action.”  Situationist International Online (1957).

Liberty of Expression. Poster issued in support of student protests before Mexico City Olympic Games 1968 by Adolfo Mexiac Calderón
Liberty of Expression. Poster issued in support of student protests before Mexico City Olympic Games 1968 by Adolfo Mexiac Calderón

Recommended Film Screening:

Goke Body Snatched from Hell (Sato Hajime, 1968)

Axinn 232, 7 pm

October 28  

First essay due


October 29

Alexandra Munroe, “Morphology of Revenge: The Yomiuri Indépendant Artists and Social Protest Tendencies in the 1960s” (in Munroe, Scream Against the Sky) pp. 149-163.

Alexandra Munroe, “A Box of Smile: Tokyo Fluxus, Conceptual Art, and the School of Metaphyscis” (in Munroe, Scream Against the Sky) pp. 215-225.




October 31


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Patricia Mellencamp.  “The Old and the New: Nam June Paik.”  Art Journal 54, no. 4 (1995): 41-47.

Miriam Schapiro.  “The Education of Women as Artists: Project Womanhouse.”  Art Journal 31, no. 3 (1972): 268-270.

Kaira M. Cabanas.  “Ana Mendieta: ‘Pain of Cuba, Body I Am‘.”  Woman’s Art Journal 20, no. 1 (1999): 12-17.

mendieta4Text to Skim:

Melinda M. Barlow.  “Feminism 101: The New York Women’s Video Festival.”  Camera Obscura 54, no. 3 (2003): 2-39.

Supplementary Reading:

Julia Bryan Wilson.  “Remembering Yoko Ono’s ‘Cut Piece‘.”  Oxford Art Journal 26, no. 1 (2003): 99-123. 

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