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Introduction to the History of Contemporary Architecture

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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.

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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.


No formal knowledge is required.

Quizzes and scores

The course is organized into different weeks and modules. At the end of each week, you will find a quiz to check your understanding.

Certificate of Accomplishment

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions. You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website.

Once you have successfully passed the course, you can request the Certificate of Accomplishment without waiting for the end of the edition.

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


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Course Faculty

Bucci Federico

Federico Bucci

Full Professor of History of Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, Federico Bucci is 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 is 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).

  1. Classes Start

    Feb 27, 2023
  2. Classes End

    Jul 16, 2023
  3. Length

    3 Weeks
  4. Estimated Effort

    1-2 hours/week
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  7. MOOCs For Bachelor of science