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Evolution of Modern Architecture

Learn about the evolution of design and modern architecture in this free online course.

Free Course
The free online modern architecture course will introduce you to the history of design and architecture including many examples of architectural work. Start the course and learn about various architectural movements, the evolution of design and architecture across various timelines of modern architecture as well as the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements of modern architecture.
  • Duration

    4-5 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

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In this free online course, you will be introduced to the history of design and architecture as well as various architectural works around the world. An introduction to the industrial revolution and the beginning of the modern era will also be covered extensively. Then, the course will look at various movements that rose up during the beginning of the industrial revolution like the "for the machine" movement and the "against the machine" movement.

The course will also teach you about various architectural movements that followed the design styles which agreed with or disapproved of the machine revolution. The evolution of design and architecture as well as the various timelines of modern architecture and design will be covered. Lastly, the course will look at two phases that occurred in modern architecture which are the Bauhaus movement and the De Stijl movement.

This course will be of interest to learners who would like to learn how architectural design has evolved over the years. Start this course today and learn about the evolution of design and architecture as well as some important phases of modern architecture.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you will be able to: 

  • Discuss the various styles of architecture and how the vitruvian triad applies to it
  • Examine Donald Norman's three levels of designs
  • Discuss the evolution of new schools of thought of the 19th century revolution
  • Identify new technology and its evolution to support the machine movement
  • Discuss the origin of the Art Nouveau movement and the printing techniques
  • Examine a comparison between the Art and Craft movement and the Art Nouveau movement
  • Identify how figurative expressions transitioned into abstract expression after the industrial revolution
  • Identify the branches of the Bauhaus movement and functionalism in the Bauhaus movement
  • Discuss the modernist movement in the De Stijl movement


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