Day School:Architectural Pomp, Trauma and Resurgence - Berlin from 1800-2000

Ref: C3746829

Berlin is the prime example in Europe of the successive architectural movements of the last 200 years. The architects of Imperial Classicism in 19th century Berlin were led by Carl Langhans with the Brandenburg Gate and Karl Friedrich Schinkel with Berlin's new art gallery and concert hall. At the start of the 1900's a major change was introduced by Modern architects such as Peter Behrens, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. Their own progress was halted by the rise of Nazism and the enforced return to the faux-grandeur of stripped-Classical designs. The destruction of much of central Berlin in the Second World War and the subsequent Cold War led to contrasting architectural styles in the rebuilding of the eastern and western halves of the divided city. This reflected the Stalinist political culture of East Berlin and the open, democratic culture of the West. The day concludes with an analysis of the hi-tech structures that now symbolise the resurgence of a reunited Berlin.

Course aim

To study the successive architectural styles of Berlin over the last two centuries, from the Classical pomp of Prussia in the 1800's to Bauhaus Modernism in the 1920's. Then the rigid style of the Nazi era followed by Post-Modernism and Hi-Tech.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify two of Berlin's Classical landmark buildings designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
  • Describe some core principles of Bauhaus architecture.
  • Name the British architect who "restored" the Reichstag in the 1990's, fit to be the government seat of a re-united Germany.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- All materials will be provided - It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Day School:Architectural Pomp, Trauma and Resurgence - Berlin from 1800-2000


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