Precedents in Critical Practice

Stacks of books on a table, with the silver-covered books with blue lettering as the focal point.

The famous S, M, L, XL, a monograph that showcases the Office for Metropolitan Architecture's and Rem Koolhaas's work, among other architectural publications. (Photo courtesy of Conrad Bakker on Flickr.)


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Fall 2012



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This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a map of contemporary architectural practice and discourse. The seminar examines six themes in terms of their recent history: city and global economy, urban plan and map of operations, program and performance, drawing and scripting, image and surface, and utopia and projection. Students will study buildings and read relevant texts in order to place recent architectural projects in disciplinary and cultural context.

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Ana Miljački. 4.210 Precedents in Critical Practice. Fall 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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