8 x 8 Series on Architectural Theory by Manoj Parmar

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About Course

This course covers key aspects on theorizing architecture in the form of eight short lectures, each eight minutes in length. The course begins with an introduction to architectural theory, followed by explorations of different discourses around modern architecture, including how modern architecture has been thought, conceptualized, and articulated within questions of technology, representation, society, and so on.

What Will You Learn?

  • This course equips students with an introductory lens to understand different aspects of architectural theory. By the end of the course, students will learn about the different ways in which modern architecture can be thought about. Essentially, the course provides a take-off point for students to build up further on the questions tackled through it. Thus, the course helps student begin to think about modern architecture and the different discourses related to it.

Course Content

Lecture 2: Modern Construct of Thought
This lecture decodes two fundamental questions - 1) Why does architectural theory begin with modern architecture? and 2) What is the difference between modern, modernity, and modernism?

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Lecture 3: Social Construct of Modern
This lecture decodes two key questions - 1) Why are social aspects required to articulate architectural theory, and 2) How modern architecture is theorized from the social construct of modern.

Lecture 4: Technological Construct of Modern
In this lecture, two key aspects of technological construct of modern are discussed - 1) The conceptualization mode of modern architecture and 2) The tectonics aspect of modern architecture.

Lecture 5: Representational Construct of Modern
This lecture discusses two key questions regarding representational construct of modern. 1) What is representation, and, 2) Why is representation important in architectural theory.

Lecture 6: Stoic Construct of Modern
This lecture unpacks three key questions - 1) What is stoicism, 2) What is the relationship between Stoicism and Modernity, and 3) Why is Stoic architectural discourse important in architectural theory.

Lecture 8: Ethical and Moral Construct of Modern
This lecture addresses three fundamental questions - 1) What is ethical and moral position in architecture, 2) How is ethical and moral position related to modernity, and 3) Why is ethical and moral position in architectural discourse important for architectural theory.