AR7007 - Poetry and Architecture (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Poetry and Architecture|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2017/18||
The course examines the critical application of poetic ideas to architecture in order to construct an alternative discourse.
Prior learning requirements
The module explores the relations of two bodies of knowledge and kinds of thought, poetry and architecture, and aims to illuminate the one by means of the other.
After introductory lectures setting out wider theoretical frameworks, the seminar course begins with a definition of poetry and demonstration of poetic effects. It then applies the ideas and the method to thinking about architecture, using such texts as Heidegger, Ruskin, Louis Kahn and Daniel Libeskind, and various built or unbuilt examples. Themes treated may include rationality and irrationality, violence in architecture, metaphor and obscurity. The course deliberately sets out to offer alternatives to most current discourse about architecture, and to do this with critical rigour.
Learning and teaching
The course is conducted mainly through seminars and the method is to stimulate discussion by providing pairs of examples between which connections are not obvious and need to be worked out on the spot. Each week introduces a new approach to the linking or comparison of poetry and architecture.
On completion of the course students should be able to:
a) Think critically with some precision about design questions;
b) Use historical and cultural materials imaginatively in pursuing such questions;
c) Construct a clear and forceful argument;
d) express him/herself more effectively in prose;
e) Apply the specific subject matter of the course to other contexts;
f) Interpret productively the cultural setting in which design occurs/takes place
Module assessment is based on a 4000 word essay on a topic agreed with the tutor and related to the subject material of the seminars together with a class report on reading or previous discussion.The pass mark for the module is to be calculated as an aggregate of the components weighted accordingly, with the proviso that the candidate must pass Component 1 (the essay).
Key books for Seminars:
Coop Himmelblau. Texts (‘Architecture must burn”). Architectural Association
Faber Book of Modern Poetry, ed. Michael Roberts. Faber, 1982.
Harbison, Robert. Eccentric Spaces. Knopf, 1977.
Heidegger, Martin. Poetry, Language, Thought. Harper and Row, 1975.
Karatani, Kojin. Architecture as Metaphor. MIT Press, 1995.
Libeskind, Daniel. ‘Between the Lines’ in Daniel Libeskind, Aacademy, 1991.
Ruskin, John. Stones of Venice, 1851.
Smithson, Alison and Peter. Ordinariness and Light, Urban Theories 1952-60. Faber, 1970.