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Highlights of Dutch Architecture 1850-2000


Admission requirements

Same as admission requirements for the BA Art History.


In this course a series of highlights from Dutch architecture from period between 1850 and the present will be studied, from Berlage to Koolhaas. In each lecture, one or two major buildings will be discussed in some depth; they will be situated in the context of the main architectural debates of their time, and we will consider the European and global context of Dutch architecture.

Course objectives

  • After having finished this lecture series students will be able to analyse the main examples of Dutch architecture from 1850 to the present, locate them within the context of the oeuvre of the architects, and in the context of theoretical debates.

  • Having some understanding of the European and global context of Dutch architecture.

  • Being able to read plans, and analyse space, structure, building techniques and ornament.

  • Having some knowledge of the main literature on the subject, and the critical or theoretical perspectives or positions on which existing studies are based.


Provisional timetable: Tuesday 19 – 21 hrs. Please Pay Intention! for the final timetable see the roosterpagina van de opleiding

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture series.

  • Excursion.

Assessment method

  • Written exam with short questions : mid-course exam (Tussentoets, 50% of the grade).

  • Written exam consisting of some essay questions (Final exam, 50% of the grade).


Blackboard will be used to post exams, the required reading list, powerpoints used in the lectures, and relevant events.

Reading list

  • Dictionary of Art, Netherlands Section II. 5 & 6, vol. 22, pp. 828-833

  • A. van der Woud, The Art of Building (Aldershot 2003): Introduction, Chapters 4 and 5. A Photocopy of this text is on the shelf for this course in the Reading Room of the Art History Library.
    [Those who read Dutch can also use the more detailed Dutch version, Waarheid en Karakter (Rotterdam 1997), pp. 127-287]

  • W. Curtis, Modern Architecture since 1900 (Phaidon Press, 3rd edition, Oxford 2005): Introduction Industrialization and the City (Ch. 1) The Search for new Forms (Ch. 2) Rationalism, the engineering tradition and reinforced concrete (Ch. 3) Chapter 9: Cubism, De Stijl and New Conceptions of Space Chapter 14: The Ideal Community: Alternatives to the Industrial City Chapter 15: The International Style, the Individual Talent and the Myth of Functionalism


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Prof. dr C.A. van Eck
Huizinga Building, Room 131 (tel 071 527 2693):