CCCP Courses

A4032: CCCPArch Colloquium I: Operating Platforms: Publication, Exhibition, Research

Core Seminar
Fall Semester

Professor: Felicity D. Scott

Description: The domain of architectural work is multi-faceted, as are the multiple forms of practice and knowledge that reflect back upon it. In this sense architectural expertise appears in many formats, media, and institutional frameworks that extend beyond, while often informing, the discipline’s role in the production of buildings. This heterogeneous field incorporates periodicals, books, exhibitions, installations, research institutes and labs, pedagogy, criticism, manifestos, historical scholarship, posters, films, videos, performances, conferences, and much more. These many architectural modalities, as well as their institutional and mediatic interfaces, or forms of dissemination, have each, in distinct ways, played important roles in the conceptualization and transformation of the discipline.

Designed to look closely and critically at these fields of practice, this colloquium will focus on three interrelated platforms: (1) publications including magazines, reports, newspapers, and books and the architects, critics, writers, and publishers associated with them; (2) exhibitions in galleries, museums, worlds fairs, expos, biennales, and triennales and the architects, curators, and institutions involved, and; (3) experimental formats of research and the collaborative arrangements and institutions through which they function. We will investigate what role these have played in the formulation and understanding of architecture and will work to identify their contribution to seminal debates, to transformations in architecture’s technical and aesthetic characteristics, to sponsoring critical experimentation, as well as to the careers of many architects. We will distinguish the different forms of expertise they manifest; ask how they function as interfaces and to what audiences; and consider whether they serve to consolidate and codify existing architectural paradigms or to forge new critical and conceptual and well as aesthetic, material, and programmatic possibilities. We will look at how various practices emerged in their specific historical context and ask to what degree did they function to maintain a status quo or to act as critical and polemical launchings. We will ask, in turn, what scope there is for pushing new formats, developing new critical concepts, opening new trajectories of investigation, and expanding the very territories of the discipline.

  • Session 1: Introduction: Operating Platforms
  • Session 2: Storage and Dissemination Media
  • Session 3: Magazines and Manifestoes
  • Session 4: Figures of the Critic/Tropes of Criticism
  • Session 5: Writing Architecture: Mumford, Banham, Huxtable, Sorkin, Ouroussoff
  • Session 6: Institutional Space of the Museum
  • Session 7: Curatorial Practice
  • Session 8: Exhibition Practice
  • Session 9: Full Scale: Fairs, Building Exhibitions, Biennales, Expos, Environments, Installations
  • Session 10: Case Study (MoMA)
  • Session 11: Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies: Research, Books, Magazines, Exhibitions, Pedagogy, and other Textual Economies
  • Session 12: Research: Para-Academies

A4033: CCCPArch Colloquium II: Contemporary Critical Discourse

Core Seminar
Spring Semester

Professor: Mark Wasiuta

Elective Courses

In addition to the required colloquia and thesis courses, CCCP students have the opportunity to take a range of courses offered at the GSAPP and elsewhere in the University. Relevant courses within the GSAPP are found primarily within the offerings in history and theory, and include lectures and seminars and, when relevant, can take the form of an independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Some of these courses have been designed specifically for the CCCP program, others are part of the broader history and theory curriculum at the school. Students are also able to enroll in Visual Studies courses, as well as non-studio based offerings in the Planning and Preservation departments. Students have also enrolled in courses offered by Art History, Anthropology, and in the Schools of Law and Journalism, as well as taking foreign language classes. For a list of relevant courses, see the list below or refer to individual student’s pages for examples of how students have selected their elective courses.


Buckley, A4566 Architecture, Print, Politics: Case Studies 1945 - 1975, Spring
Inaba, A4038 Experimental Research Practices, Fall
Kenneth Frampton, A4616 World Architecture & The Modern Tradition, Fall
Laura Kurgan, A4568 Mapping, Spring
Scott, A4705 Architecture after 1945, Fall
Wasiuta, A4581 Exhibition Histories: Curatorial Theories, Fall


Wigley, A4469 The History of Architecture Theory, Fall
Martin, A6670 The American University: Architecture and the Enlightenment, Fall
McLeod, A4374 Contemporary Theory & Criticism 1966, Spring
Wright, A4529 Post-Colonial Architecture and Urbanism, Spring
Frampton, A8905 PHD Seminar: European Avant-Garde Art & Architecture 1918 - 1958, Spring
Wilson, A4642 Space + The Politics of Memory, Fall
Varnelis, A4515 Network Culture: History & Theory, Fall
Scott A4780 Architecture. Human Rights. Spatial Politics, Spring
Wasiuta, A6452 Air Space, Air Time, Fall

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