ARCH 6819
Archi Pop: 20th-Century Architecture as Mediated by Popular Culture

50s-style drawing of a living room setting looking out over a city with details about the furniture on the right

  • Instructor: D. Medina Lasansky
  • Time: Th 10:10 a.m.–12:05 p.m.
  • Location: 211 West Sibley Hall
  • Credits: 4

The popular mediation of architecture gives meaning to form. The public is introduced to canonical architecture as well as everyday manufactured vernacular forms through a range of mass media and in the process is taught to recognize, desire, and consume forms. As a result, mass media is an essential architecture material. This class will critically analyze a range of mass media from advertisements to the James Bond film genre in order to create a more nuanced and complete understanding of 20th-century architecture.

Requirements: Completion of weekly reading assignments and participation in class meetings. By permission, graduate students are given preference.

Instructor permission required:

Students must attend the first class.

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