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This course is an introduction to the study of Contemporary Architecture, from twentieth-century masterpieces to the finest modern-day examples.

Course description

The course is divided into three weeks, each of which examines a specific topic in depth: the first week focuses on twentieth-century masterpieces, the second retraces the careers of two masters of Italian architectural culture, and the third visits some recent works by contemporary masters.

Each week is divided into short lectures and, at the end of each week, the knowledge acquired will be tested in a quiz.

The videos in this course are delivered in Italian, with English and Italian subtitles available.

Intended Learning Outcomes


No formal knowledge is required.


The forum of this MOOC is freely accessible and participation is not guided; you can use it to compare yourself with other participants, or to discuss course contents with them.

Topic outline

  • Week 0 - Introduction to the course

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  • Week 1 - Masterpieces of the 20th century

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  • Week 2 - Two italian masters

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  • Week 3 - A journey into contemporary architecture

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  • Additional resources


Your final grade for the course will be based on the results of your answers to the graded quizzes. You have unlimited attempts at each quiz, but you must wait 5 minutes before you can try again. You will have successfully completed the course if you achieve 60% (or more) of the total course score. The maximum score possible for each quiz is given at the top of the quiz. You can see your score in the quiz on your last attempt or on the 'Grades' page.

Certificate of accomplishment

You must be registered in POK through Politecnico di Milano personal account to obtain the Certificate of Accomplishment. It will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course by achieving at least 60% of the total score in the graded quizzes and filling the final survey. 

You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly from Politecnico di Milano web services.

The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.

Information about fees and access to materials

You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online.

Course faculty

Federico Bucci

Federico Bucci


He was Full Professor of History of Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, Rector’s Delegate for Cultural Policy, Vice-Rector of Mantova Campus and UNESCO Chair’s Architectural Preservation and Planning in World Heritage Cities Chairholder.

He was President of the Italian Association of the Architectural Historians.

He has been Visiting Professor at Texas A&M University, at the Architecture Institute of Moscow, at Universidad de Los Andes (Venezuela), at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, at Universidad CEU-San Pablo in Madrid, at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, at Polytechnic in Athens, at ETSAB in Barcelona, at Tongji University in Shanghai and at the University of Adelaide.

He has been member of American Society of Architectural Historians and Visiting Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Architecture di Montreal.

He curated exhibitions about contemporary architecture such as ZERO GRAVITY and SENZA PERICOLO at Triennale in Milano.

He collaborated with the magazines “Domus”, “Rassegna”, “L’architettura. Cronache e storia” and is currently member of the editorial staff of “Casabella”.

Selected bibliography:
Architect of Ford (New York 1994); Luigi Moretti. Works and Writings (New York 2002); Periferie e nuove urbanità (Milano 2003); Magic City (Roma 2005); I Musei e gli allestimenti di Franco Albini (Milano 2005 e 2016); Il design e gli interni di Franco Albini (Milano 2007 e 2016); Il metodo Kahn (Milano 2017).

Contact details

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