Modern Architecture: Origins & Key Players in Europe & America with Julie Mockabee
Wednesdays from 10 to noon at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT)
Class dates: October 17,24,31, November 7,14.
This course will discuss the origins of Modern Architecture during the Industrial Revolution in Europe and America. We will look at the architects that started the shift away from the Beaux-Arts Style and how the men they mentored would become the pioneers of this Modernist movement. These pioneers will eventually teach an entire new crop of architects in America thus expanding this modernism across the country throughout the 20th Century.
Our main players will be Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier. These 4 men will change architecture throughout the world.
Through the teachings of Gropius, Mies and Wright many architects also adopted their modernist style and have continued the ideas started at the end of the 19th Century through to today.
We will look at examples of this modernist style in areas such as Germany, Chicago, New York, Connecticut and even Cape Cod.
Classes will include slide lectures, hand-outs to take home, hands-on experiments and discussions. We will also try to schedule a field trip to visit a modern home nearby in the area and also have the possibility of guest speakers. Participants will be encouraged to bring their imaginations and also be ready for discussion.
Recommended text: Frampton, Kenneth (2007). Modern Architecture: A Critical History (4th Edition). Thames & Hudson: New York (Available on Amazon.com)