Code: 129CTA Composition and Theory of Architecture
Lecturer: doc. Ing. arch. Lenka Popelová Ph.D. Weekly load: 2C Completion: GA
Department: 11129 Credits: 2 Semester: W,S
Seminars are focused on the composition of architecture, which will be analyzed through the basic ordering principles, pattern making process and application of the theoretical concepts. The selected basic composition principles will be studied through examples typical for a particular historical period. Students may also analyze an urban space. The aim of the course is to be able to understand the multilayered role of geometry, basic ordering compositional principles and theory of form in connection with architectural and urban design. The seminar will focus on some patterns of composition, which are commonly used and have many qualities, for which they have been frequently and repeatedly used. Some of these patterns have an obvious historical and cultural background that not only architects but also engineers will be able to understand. The methods taught can help especially the students of architecture to develop their own design skills. The seminar is also intended to make students familiar with the architecture of Prague; the given compositional categories will be practised on the examples that can be studied in situ.
1. Introduction and selection of the topic
2. A geometric basis for organizing forms and spaces: primary elements, organization of a form and space, basic ordering principles. An individual tutorial.
3. An individual tutorial, choosing of the topic
4. An individual tutorial, choosing of the topic
5. An individual tutorial
6. An individual tutorial
7. An individual tutorial
8. An individual tutorial
9. An individual tutorial
10. An individual tutorial
11. An individual tutorial
12. Grading of assessments and a tutorial
Recommended literature:
Johnson, P.-A. The Theory of Architecture. Concepts, Themes and Practices.
Ching, F. D. K., Architecture ? Form, Space, and Order, 2012, Wiley, 2012.
Weston, R. Key Buildings of the 20th Century, Laurence King Publishing, 2010.
Krier, R. Architectural Composition, Edition Axel Menges, 2010.
Hanlon, D., Composition in Architecture, Wiley, New Jersey 2009.
Krier, R., Urban Space, Umbau-Verlag Solingen, 2005.
Architectural Theory from Renaissance to the Present, TASCHEN, Köln 2003.
Jencks, Ch., The New Paradigm in Architecture, Yale University Press, 2002.
Schulz, CH. N., Mening in Western Architecture, 2000.
Lawlor, R., Sacred Geometry ? Philosophy and Practice, Crossroad, New York, 1982

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