Design Theory:


FIU 3243 5249 F11



Week 01

L-01 Introduction

L-02 Mechanics of Analysis

Week 02

L-03 Surfaces

Disc-01 Modernisms

Week 03

L_04 Representation01a

L_05 Representation01b

Giedion, Sigfried, Fernand Leger, and Jose Luis Sert. “Nine Points on Monumentality,” in Architecture Culture 1943-1968: A Documentary         Anthology, edited by Joan Ockman and Edward Eigen, (New York: Rizzoli, 1993.): 27-30.

Giedion, Sigfried, “The Need for a New Monumentality,” in Zucker, Paul. New Architecture and City Planning, a Symposium. (New York: Philosophical Library, 1944): 549-569.

Lyotard, F., The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. Trans. Geoffrey Bennington and Brian Massumi. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984):

Week 04

L_06 Representation 02

Disc_02 Collective Memory

Belluschi, Pietro. “The Meaning of Regionalism in Architecture,” Architectural Record (1955): 131-39.

Frampton, Kenneth, excerpt from “Towards a Critical Regionalism” (1981): 1-6

Bernard Rudofsky, Architecture without architects, an introduction to non-pedigreed architecture. (New York,: Museum of Modern Art; distributed by Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., 1964): 1-13.


Mumford, Eric. The CIAM Discourse on Urbanism, 1928-1960. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000: 131-215.

Week 05

L_07 Technoculture01a

L_08 Technoculture01b

Alison and Peter Smithson, “The 'As Found' and the 'Found,' in The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty ed. David Robbins (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990): 201-203

Alison and Peter Smithson, “But Today We Collect Ads,” in L'Architeure d'Aujord'Hui Vol. 344 (2003) orig. pub. in Ark, No. 18 (London: Royal College of Art, 1956).

Mellor, David. “A Glorious Technoculture” in, The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty, ed. David Robbins (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990).

Robbins, David. “The Independent Group: Forerunners of Postmodernism?” in, The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty, ed. David Robbins (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990): 229-236.

Week 06

L_09 Technoculture02

Disc_03 Signs

Steiner, Hadas. “Introduction: The Image of Change” in Beyond Archigram: The Structure of Circulation, Steiner, Hadas. (Routledge:New York, 2009): 1-37

Lobsinger Mary Louise, "Cybernetic Theory and the Architecture of Performance: Cedric Price's Fun Palace", in Williams Goldhagen Sarah, Legault Réjean, Anxious Modernisms: Experimentation in Postwar Architectural Culture, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Canadian Centre for Architecture, MIT Press, 2000, pp. 119-137.


Martin, Reinhold. “Were We Ever Modern?”

Week 07

L_10 Post-Geographic01a

L_11 Post-Geographic01b

Kishō Kurokawa. The Philosophy of Symbiosis / (New York: Rizzoli,, 1988)

Kishō Kurokawa, “The architecture of action,” Architectural Design, 34:12, no. Dec.,1964: 603-613; with illus.

Jameson, Fredric. “From Metaphor to Allegory,” in Cynthia Davidson, ed. Anything (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001): 24-36.

Week 08

L_12 Post-Geographic02a

Disc_04 Identities

Debord,Guy. Chap. 2, “The Commodity as Spectacle,” in The Society of the Spectacle. (Detroit: Black & Red, 1983)

Ivain, Gilles [Chtcheglov, Ivan]. “Formulary for a New Urbanism” (167-171) and Lefebvre, Henri, “The Right to the City” in Architecture culture, 1943-1968: a documentary anthology, Columbia books of architecture ([New York]: Rizzoli,1993).

Wollen, Peter, et. al. “Bitter Victory: the art and politics of the Situationist International,” in On the passage of a few people through a rather brief moment in time: the Situationist International, 1957-1972, (Boston, Mass.: Institute of Contemporary Art): 20-61.

Week 09

L_13 Mannerism_a

L_14 Mannerism_b

Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Steven Izenour. Learning from Las Vegas: the forgotten symbolism of architectural form / Edition [Rev. ed.] Published Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, c1977. Part I pg. 3-18, all of Part II pg. 88-89.

Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown. Architecture as Signs and Systems: for a Mannerist Time, Cambridge, Mass.; London, Eng.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004. Chap. 1: Architecture as Sign rather than Space: New Mannerism rather than Old Expressionism / Robert Venturi, pg. 73-92.

Week 10

L_15 Nature01

Disc_05 Signifiers

Frei Otto, “Ethics, Aesthetics And Innovation” in, Frei Otto: Complete Works: Lightweight Construction, Natural Design. Edited by Winfried Nerdinger; in collaboration with Irene Meissner, Eberhard Möller, Mirjana Grdanjski. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser, c2005. p.124-128.

Nerdinger, Winfried, Frei Otto: Working for a Better “Earth for Mankind,” in Frei Otto: Complete Works: Lightweight Construction, Natural Design. Edited by Winfried Nerdinger; in collaboration with Irene Meissner, Eberhard Möller, Mirjana Grdanjski. Basel; Boston: Birkhäuser, c2005

p. 8-14.


Frei Otto. Lightweight Structures, Univ. of California Department of Architecture

Week 11

L_16 Mediation01a

L_17 Mediation01b

Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium is the Message,” in Marshall McLuhan Understanding Media (Corte Madera, CA: Ginko Press, 2005): 7-21.

Somol Robert E., "Dummy Text, or The Diagrammatic Basis of Contemporary Architecture", in Peter Eisenman, Diagram Diaries, London, Thames and Hudson, 1999, p. 6-25.


Wigley Mark, "Network Fever," in Grey Room, n° 4, Summer 2001, 82-122.

Week 12

Lecture TBD

Disc_06 Work Session/Models

Week 13

L_18 Digitality01

L_19 Digitality02

Mike Silver, "Towards a Programming Culture in the Design Arts", in Mike Silver (ed.), "ProgrammingCultures: Art and Architecture in the Age of Software," Architectural Design (London: Wiley- Academy, 2006), pp. 5-11.

Foster, Hal. “Introduction,” in The Return of the Real: Art and Theory at the End of the Century, The MIT Press: 1996: ix-xix.

Week 14

L_20 No Class


Week 15

L_21 Futurisms (D_07_Final Lecture Day)

Disc_07 Final Research Paper/Model DUE TBD

Recommended Bibliography

  1. K.Michael Hays. Architecture theory since 1968 / (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press,).

Eric Paul Mumford, The CIAM discourse on urbanism, 1928-1960 / (Cambridge, Mass.:: MIT Press,). J

Joan Ockman. Architecture culture, 1943-1968 : a documentary anthology /, Columbia books of architecture ([New York] :: Rizzoli,, 1993).

David Dunster, Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century (New York: Rizzoli, 1985).

Richard Weston, Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century: Plans, Sections,and Elevations, 1st ed (New York: W.W. Norton, 2004).

Colin Davies, Key Houses of the Twentieth Century: Plans, Sections and Elevations, 1st ed. (New York: W.W. Norton, 2006).

Henry A Millon, Key Monuments of the History of Architecture, Text ed. (Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall, 1964). Rob Gregory. Key Contemporary Buildings (New York:W.W. Norton, 2008).