A non-refundable programme fee, in addition to the tuition fee, is applicable. The programme fee, which includes the social programme, is to be paid within one week after registration at the latest, along with the tuition fee.
The course addresses students of any subject, especially art history, architecture, and related subjects (such as history, design, or fine arts). An elementary knowledge of architecture and architectural history is welcome but not necessary. More advanced students or those interested in a particular field can – upon request – be given special assistance and further material for self-study.
Please also visit the FUBiS *free* digital lecture series which offers a broad overview of the programme's academic course offerings: http://www.fubis.org/2_prog/online/index.html!
About this course
This course provides an overview of the development of public and private architecture in Berlin during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Following an introduction to the urban development and architectural history of the Modern era, the Neo-Classical period will be surveyed with special reference to the works of Schinkel. This will be followed by classes on the architecture of the German Reich after 1871. This period was characterised by both modern and conservative tendencies, as well as the manifold activities during the time of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s, including the Modernist Avantgarde and the Housing Revolution. The architecture of the Nazi period will be examined, followed by the developments in the divided city in East and West Berlin after the Second World War. The course concludes with a detailed review of the city’s more recent and current architectural profiles, including a critical analysis of the conflicts concerning the re-design of Berlin after the Cold War and the German reunification and contemporary planning issues. Seven walking tours to historically significant buildings and sites are included (Unter den Linden, Gendarmenmarkt, New Housing Estates, Chancellery, Potsdamer Platz, Holocaust Memorial, etc.). The course aims to offer a deeper understanding of the interdependence of Berlin’s architecture and the city’s social, economic, and political structures. It considers Berlin as a model for the highways and byways of a European capital in modern times.