Course: History of Architecture IV

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Course title History of Architecture IV
Course code KHI/0436
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Podroužek Kamil, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. The Enlightenment foundations of Classicism, general characteristics of the style, periodization and regions. Recommended literature. 2. Classicizing Baroque, Viennese Classicism, court and era buildings 3. Castle architecture, neo-Gothic, Chinoiserie, Japonism, 4. Empire and Napoleon style. 5. Classicism in towns and in the countryside, Biedermeier. 6. Late Classicism and neo-Classicism. 7. Excursion to MPR Terezín. 8. Ideological, technical, and industrial foundations of the historicization of styles. General characteristics, recommended literature. 9. Neo-Gothic: Line of development from Baroque through the historicization of styles. 10. Neo-Renaissance: Czech neo-Renaissance, Dutch style 11. Neo-Baroque and neo-Rococo. 12. Neo-Romanesque Architecture. 13. Purism and Eclecticism.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
In this course, students familiarize themselves with the typology and development of architecture in the age of Classicism and Historicism. They are introduced to the foundations of both styles and to their formal features and symbols in architecture. Students gain an overview of the distinctions between buildings, architecture, and builders in individual European lands, with an emphasis placed on the Czech lands. There is also a one day excursion.
Knowledge: Introduction to the typology of Classicism and Empire architecture in the Czech lands: Aristocratic residences, town homes, village homes, sacral buildings, military and engineer buildings. Introduction to the typology of Historicism, the use of buildings, mixing of styles, and the development of eclecticism. Skills: Categorizing building styles on the basis of architectural features or decorative symbols. Abilities: Evaluating forms of architectural artifacts in their historical context. Evaluating the practical function, social significance, and symbolic sense of architectural artifacts in historical context.
Memorial Documentation Pro-Seminar I Memorial Documentation Pro-Seminar II History of Architecture III

Assessment methods and criteria
Evaluation will be based on two components: 1. The students' competence will be examined by two written exams. The student will draw 3 questions at random from a set of 39 questions about 13 themes. Credit is gained by successfully answering at least two questions. 2. - requirements during the cycle: Presentation of a report on a chosen theme based on literature or research in the field. - for credit: Categorizing architectural styles and their features, making hypotheses about architectural development on the basis of the super positioning of the components, modeling function and disposition of the building for the style of the period.
Recommended literature
  • Dějiny architektury (ed. M.Reaburn). Praha, 1993.
  • Encyklopedie architektů, stavitelů, zedníků a kameníků v Čechách. Praha, 2004.
  • Benešová, M., Semeráková, J. Vývoj architektury 12. Praha, 2001.
  • Koch, W. Evropská architektura. Praha, 1998.
  • Vlček, P. Ilustrovaná encyklopedie českých zámků. Praha, 1999.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Documentation of Historical Memorials (A8) History courses 2 Summer