Capita Selecta History & Theory

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LKA034M05
Vaknaam Capita Selecta History & Theory
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode hele jaar

Uitgebreide vaknaam Capita Selecta in the History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism
Leerdoelen Two different courses can be chosen under Capita Selecta History & Theory (one of each or both):
1. Cultural Heritage
2. Expressionism in Architecture and Urbanism

1. Cultural Heritage
Upon completion of the course, participants will understand the complexity of the concept of "cultural heritage", both as a field of research combining different historical perspectives and as a practical task for heritage managers with a background in architectural history. They will be able to assess buildings in terms of their heritage value under the premise of current heritage conservation concepts.

2. Expressionism in Architecture
After completing the course, participants will have a comprehensive overview of the phenomenon of expressionism in architecture, especially in the Netherlands and Germany. They will be familiar with expressionist architecture in Groningen and be able to understand the idea of expressionism in relation to contemporaneous cultural trends as well as classify buildings inspired by expressionism.
Omschrijving Two different courses can be chosen under Capita Selecta History & Theory (one of each or both):
1. Cultural Heritage
2. Expressionism in Architecture

1. Cultural Heritage
Around 1800 we witness the rise of a new notion: select buildings and artefacts are believed to represent a community’s shared identity and they therefore deserve to be preserved. This notion is strongly related to the ideas of ‘nation’ and ‘people’ that became instruments of cultural policy in the wake of Romanticism. The preservation and restoration of monuments, ancient as well as modern ones, is the outcome of this development. Architectural heritage has become institutionalized almost everywhere, albeit with significantly different overtones. In the course we will study the history of the heritage sector and the values attributed to it – from its beginnings to the UNESCO World Heritage and current challenges.

2. Expressionism in Architecture
In the 1920s and 1930s leading architects adopted an expressive vocabulary with an emphasis on sculptural shapes and the texture of the materials. In many instances a colourful decoration was applied as well. This trend developed in Germany after the First World War, although its roots reach back to the last pre-war years, when expressionism was still mainly a matter of the visual arts. In the aftermath of the war, however, German artist and architects sought an intense cooperation in order to realize a new society. The first signs of architectural expressionism in the Netherlands can be traced back to the early 1910s but it became only fashionable after 1918. Though scholarship has always stressed its popularity in social housing, expressionism was equally if not more successful among private patrons, witness the residential quarters all over the country, and a series of impressive Protestant churches. In this course we will discuss the meaning of architectural expressionism in the wider context of socio-political developments, including a critical assessment of earlier research on the topic.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm excursie, hoorcollege, werkcollege
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. B.T. Mager
Docent(en) dr. B.T. Mager
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
1. A History of Architectural Conservation
Jukka Jokilehto 9780750637930
1. Schillernde Unschärfe – Der Begriff der Authentizität im architektonischen Erbe
Tino Mager 9783110458343
2. De Ploeg, het expressionisme en de architectuur
Kees van der Ploeg 978-94-625-8203-3 €  19,95
Opmerkingen The courses take place in semester 1b.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma Kunst- en Cultuurwetenschappen (Kunsten, Cultuur en Media/Kunstgeschiedenis)  (Ma Architectuur- & stedenbouwgeschiedenis) 1 semester I keuzegroep