2022 History of Modern Architecture

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Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Fujita Yasuhito 
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Course description and aims

The instructor in this course will give lectures on the development of modern architecture and city planning in the West, with attention to the underlying technologies and ideologies. The instructor will also present an overview of its influence on the formation of modern architecture and architects in Japan.
A historical knowledge of how countries around the world created new architecture and environments in the modern age based on what senses of values is essential for students of Tokyo Tech anticipated to play active roles internationally as architects and architectural engineers in the future.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have learned various approaches to architecture design used in modern times in Japan and the Western world, furthering their understanding of how urban development design and building design of the present day was formed. The goal of this course is to have students find clues in contemplating their approach to subsequent designs.


modern architecture, modernism, nationalism, rationalism

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of 12 lectures on the West and 3 on Japan. The textbook will be the main source, but other resources may be distributed depending on the topic. Students should study the textbook and material to be covered by each class beforehand and review it afterward.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Architecture in historicism Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 2 Architecture and urban design in the enlightenment ages Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 3 Advent of steel and glass architecture Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 4 New architecture in the USA/ Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 5 From William Morris, Art Nouveau and Secession Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 6 Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 7 From Deutscher Werkbund to bauhaus, construction of Siedlung Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 8 Avant-garde movement of the 1920s in Europe Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 9 Le Corbusier's early works Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 10 Internationalism and Nationalism architecture in Europe after 1927 Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 11 History of modern architecture in northern Europe 1 / Erik Gunnar Asplund Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 12 History of modern architecture in northern Europe 2 / Alvar Aalto Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 13 History of modern architecture in Japan 1 / from 1867 to 1945. Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 14 History of modern architecture in Japan 2 / preservation of modern architecture in Japan Reading a textbook beforehand.
Class 15 History of modern architecture in Japan 3 / conclusion Reading a textbook beforehand.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Hiroyasu Fujioka "the History of Modern Architecture" Morikita press.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nihon Kenchiku Gakkai "Kindai Kenchiku-shi Zushu", Shokoku-sha, 1976, "20th century of architecture 1,2", shinkenchiku-sha, 1991、Shinjiro Kirishiki "the History of Modern Architecture", Kyoritsu press, 2001

Assessment criteria and methods

A final report and short assignments in classes are required for making score.

Related courses

  • the history of Japanese architecture
  • the history of western architecture

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