HMKK00010U  Modern Culture: 4 Cities: Analysis of Architecture and Urban Spaces

Volume 2018/2019

Moderne Kultur


A course is being offered on problems and procedures in the analysis of architecture and urban space. The course focuses on individual works, which are contextualized by 1) a broader historical context; 2) the interplay with other forms of art. The question of the meaning of architecture is at the center of this course.


With Copenhagen as a central reference it presents the main developments of 19th and 20th century European cities and explores the form and the function of selected types of architecture.  The course addresses themes such as: „reading a plan‘; ‚the role of the city square in urban planning’;’the architecture of modern institutions such as the town hall, central station, the museum, the school’; ‚entertainment as a response to modernization: ‚the theatre’, ‚the amusement park’, ‚the shopping mall’, ‚the zoological garden’; ‚’the architecture of private life: interior decoration and different ideas of home’ ; ‚ecology and architecture‘.


The aim of this module is to provide students with competences that enable them to analyse architecture in an urban context. In particular, the students should learn

1: how to read plans, at the level of the individual buildings as well as at the level of urban plans

2: how to describe ‘genres’ and types of architecture (the town hall, the school, the city square etc.)

3: historical analysis – how to understand the relationship between historical development and architecture

4: interdisciplinary analysis – how describe the interplay between architecture and art, film and literature

A reader will be ready by the 1st of August. Suggested prepatory reading:

1)      William Whyte: “How Do Buildings Mean? Some Issues of Interpretation in The History of Architecture”, in: History and Theory 45 (2006)

2)      Bruno Zevi: Architecture as Space. How to look at Architecture, New York, 1993,

3)      Jens Kvorning: ”Copenhagen. Formation, Change and Urban Life”, in: Peter Madsen & Richard Pluntz: The Urban Lifeworld. Formation, Perception, Representation,  Routledge: London, 2002

4)      Alan Colquhoun: Modern Architecture, Oxford and New York, 2002, pp. 193-207

Offered for the following exams: Modern Culture, Modul: 2, 4 & 7.
Type of assessment
Kan aflægges som eksamen på følgende moduler (dog undtaget 4-cities studerende)
På MKK 2008-ordningen: Modul 10 og 12
På MKK 2015-ordningen: Modul 9
Samt som KA-tilvalg (på MKK på enten 2008- eller 2015-ordningen)

4-cities students - See curriculum: http:/​/​​uddannelser/​aktuelle_studieordninger/​moderne_kultur/​Urban_Studies_MA_2015.pdf - only for Eriasmus Mundus Master’s Course in Urban Studies

Other students: http:/​/​​uddannelser/​aktuelle_studieordninger/​moderne_kultur/​moderne_kultur_og_kulturformidling_ka.pdf
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