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4.665 Contemporary Architecture and Critical Debate, Spring 2002

Stairs in Memory.
Stairs in Memory, photograph by Severin Koller, 2005. (Image courtesy of

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete list of readings from the class, and a series of lecture notes which list all the images and precedents discussed in the class.

Course Description

This class, required of all Master of Architecture students, presents a critical review of works, theories, and polemics in architecture in the aftermath of World War II. The aim is to present a historical understanding of the period, and to develop a meaningful framework to assess contemporary issues in architecture. Special attention will be paid to historiographic questions of how architects construe the terms of their "present."


Prof. Arindam Dutta

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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