This course will explore some of the most significant modern and contemporary buildings in Cambridge and the surrounding areas and consider what the future might hold for architecture and the development of the city.
Providing students with a study of the origins, history, and legal basis for modern and contemporary architecture. The course explores several key topics such as urban development and its environmental impacts, urban planning practices in the United Kingdom, including urban design, community, and economic development. The course also examines key challenges and opportunities in urban design and planning including sustainability, environmental justice, and community well-being.
Overall, students will trace and analyse socio-political, cultural, and economic influences on modern and contemporary architecture. Students will also observe the techno-future of city developments by exploring emergent technologies and innovations. Students will gain a perspective to see how these issues form the complex fabric of cities, regions, and countries, which must be considered and incorporated into planning analysis and decision-making.
This module will include teaching on the following topics:
- Urban development in the United Kingdom
- Urban design and planning
- Socio-political/cultural/economic influences and ideas in modern architecture
- Socio-political/cultural/economic influences and ideas in contemporary architecture
- New and innovative technologies of construction