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Enseignant: Korbi Marson

Langue: Anglais

Remark: To enroll, interested doctoral students are required to submit an abstract (max. 150 words), introducing their case study and its hypothetical context, by March 30, 2024 to Marson Korbi.


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This is a methodological PhD course focused on the history and description of one case study (building, drawing or projects) and the construction of its historical broader context.



building, drawing, project, history, politics, microhistory

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

Knowledge on various case studies of architecture, and their historical context. Methodological exercise on how to describe a building and contextualize historical vicissitudes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Construct the context through historical and bibliographical sources
  • Trace connections between a case study and the main events of its own period




On History and the context

Michel Foucault, I, Pierre Rivière, Having Slaughtered My Mother, My Sister, and My Brother: A Case of Parricide in the 19th Century (New York: Pantheon Books, 1975).

Carlo Ginzburg, "Microhistory: Two or Three Things That I Know about It," in Critical Inquiry 20, no. 1 (1993): 10-35.

Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms (New York: Penguin Books, 1982).

Pier Vittorio Aureli, Architecture and Abstraction (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2023).

Gyorgy Lukacs, History and Class Consciousness; Studies in Marxist Dialectics (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1971).

Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals (London: Penguin Classics, 2014).

Rolf Schönberger, La Scolastica Medievale: Cenni per una definzione (Milano: Vita e Pensiero 1997).

Georges Teyssot, translated by Marson Korbi, "Heterotopias and the History of" in Burning Farm, February 2024.

Manfredo Tafuri, "L'architecture dans le boudoir: The Language of Criticism and the Criticism of language" in Oppositions, n. 3 (1974): 37-62.

On specific case studies

Angela Windholz, Carla Mazzarelli, Mirko Moizi, and Daniela Mondini. Quale gotico per Milano?: i materiali della giuria per il concorso della facciata del Duomo (1886-ˆ’1888) (Mendrisio: Mendrisio Academy Press, 2023).

Pier Vittorio Aureli, "Architecture and Counterrevolution: OMA and the Politics of the Grands, " in OASE 94, (2015): 44-52.

Pier Vittorio Aureli, Marson Korbi, "Base and Superstructure: A Vulgar Survey of Western Architecture, in e-flux, 02/2023.

Sara Galletti, "Architecture and Ceremonial at the Courts of Henri IV and Maria de "Medici, 1600-1631, in Krista De Jonge and Pieter Martens eds., Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Mediaeval and Early Modern Europe, 1400-1700, (Belgium: Brepols, 2024), 77-111.

Christophe van Gerrewey, Higher knowledge: SANAA's Rolex Learning Center at EPFL since 2010 (Lausanne: EPFL Press, 2021).

Christophe van Gerrewey, "The Depot Effect" in Log 55, (2022): 38-47.

Boris Hamzeian, The Live Centre of Information: From Pompidou to Beaubourg, 1968-1971 (New York: Actar Publishers, 2022).

Marson Korbi, "The Return of the Piazza: Tirana, and the Politics of Urban Reinassance, in OASE 115, (2023): 108-124.

Erwin Panofsky, Abbot Suger on the Abbey Church of St. Denis and Its Art Treasures (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019).

Tibor Pataky, OMA's Kunsthal in Rotterdam: Rem Koolhaas and the New Europe (Zurich: Park Books, 2023).

Francis Strauven, Pastoor van Ars Church, The Hague: A Timeless Sacral Space by Aldo van Eyck (Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz Koenig, 2022).

Holger Schurk, Project without Form: OMA, Rem Koolhaas, and the Laboratory of 1989 (Leipzig: Spector Books, 2022).

Stephanie Savio, "The City of Janus a Close Reading of Hannes Meyer's Freidorf", in Burning Farm, October 2023.

Maria Shéhérazade Giudici, "Government and the Emergence of Architecture D'accompagnment" in Pier Vittorio Aureli ed., The City as a Project (Berlin: Ruby Press, 2013), 150-160.

Manfredo Tafuri and Antonio Foscari, L'armonia e i conflitti: la Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna nella Venezia del '500 (Torino: Einaudi, 1983).

Manfredo Tafuri, Interpreting the Renaissance: Princes, Cities, Architects (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), 59-97.

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Dans les plans d'études

  • Nombre de places: 15
  • Forme de l'examen: Exposé (session libre)
  • Matière examinée: Harmony and Conflicts
  • Cours: 14 Heure(s)
  • Exercices: 12 Heure(s)
  • TP: 10 Heure(s)
  • Type: obligatoire

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