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20th Century Architecture - Online

20th Century Architecture

Understanding Architecture and 'Isms' of the 20th Century explores an introduction to Architecture. You will learn about the History of Architecture, and the movements related to this topic through the 20th Century, chart significant political, economic, social and technological change and advancement and traumas in human history.


The course will enable you to:

  • build up a visual vocabulary of the architecture, design and other arts linked to Modernism, Post Modernism, Deconstructivism etc.
  • develop an appreciation of how, political, economic social and technological change provided a specific context for the architecture of the 20th Century, breaking with centuries of established tradition.


The course will also involve, physically or virtually, a tour of Liverpool to chart these developments in a real setting and appreciate how architecture tells a story about all our lives and our shared history. Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements to attend any physical site visits. 

What you will study

In this course you will be given an introduction to the subject by examining the history of human settlements and the architecture associated with these to set the scene for the 20th Century. 

Lectures topics will explore:

  • pre-World War I architecture.
  • Russian Constructivism and the German Bauhaus
  • Modernism
  • The International Style
  • Late Modernism
  • Post Modernism
  • Deconstructivism  

Topics within these lectures will include examination of utopia, anti-historical movements, healthy living through good design, material and technology advances, the words of famous architects: “Less is More,” “Form ever follows Function,” etc.


You will produce and deliver a 10 minute presentation exploring your understanding of the relationship between a UK building and one other with regards to 20th Century design movements and the relevant political, economic, social and technological influences on their development. 

This will be the equivalent of a 1,000 word assignment. 

Course start dates

12th April 2021.

You will need to log in weekly to access the course content and undergo your studies.

*Please Note* Individuals only need to book the course once, the different courses refer to different start dates and they all have the same content.






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The booking for this course closes a week before the course start date. If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course please contact

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