SDA-10 The Impact of Technology in Architecture: the 20th and 21st Centuries

Doctoral School of Architecture
1st Year, sem 2, 2023-2024 | Optional Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 4
Course Leader:
prof.dr.arh. Rodica Crișan
Learning outcomes:
- Knowledge of the cultural and operative scenarios in which the chosen research topic is located. Completing and deepening the knowledge necessary for the development of one's own research.
- Understanding the materiality of architecture and the paradigm shifts determined by technological progress in the evolution of architecture.
- Awareness and assumption of the environmental impact of construction processes, from a historical and contemporary perspective.
- Developing the ability to identify and select relevant information for a specific research purpose, and to build hypotheses and original points of view based on the information gathered.
- The ability to interpret, explain and argue the results of own research.
- The ability to publicly communicate the results of personal research and to have a constructive dialogue in a specialized group of researchers.
Within a flexible didactic parcourse adapted to the research interests of the students, the following indicative topics are proposed:
– Climatic adaptation and the lesson of traditional architecture; qualities of thermal mass.
– The expressivity of the material texture and its valorisation in architecture.
– Wood, the material of the 21st century.
– Transparency, a paradigm shift in architecture.
– Another kind of glass: the transparent thermal insulation.
– The load-bearing skeleton and the paradigm shift in architecture.
– Concrete, the "fluid stone" of modern architecture.
– Innovative concretes with special architectural relevance.
– Precast concrete: past, present and future.
– Digital design and robotic execution.
Teaching Method:
Interactive course with multimedia digital visual support.
The course will include lectures with topics chosen by mutual agreement with the students according to their research interests, followed by discussions. These lectures will be complemented with presentations by doctoral students regarding their own research, as a basis for group debates.
Doctoral students will receive "admitted/rejected" qualificatives and the corresponding credits, depending on their participation in the activities organized during the semester.
• Crișan, R., „Lemnul, materialul secolului 21”. In Crișan, R., Pană, R., Gligor, L., Armenciu, D., Vidrașcu, A. (eds.), O perspectivă atemporală asupra lemnului, Editura Universitară Ion Mincu, 2019.
• Crișan, R., „Un alt fel de sticlă: termoizolațiile transparente de ultimă generație”. In Crișan, R., Pană, R., Gligor, L., Armenciu, D., Vidrașcu, A. (eds.), Sticla, paradigmă inovativă In arhitectură, Editura Universitară Ion Mincu, 2016.
• Deplazes, A., „Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures”. Birkhäuser, 2008.
• Mies van der Rohe, L., „Aphorism on architecture and form”, 1923 [online]. Available at:
• Mies van der Rohe, L., „Technology and architecture”. Conferință la IIT, Chicago, 1950 [online]. Available at:
• Uribe, B., (trans. by Valletta, M.), „10 Innovative Materials That Could Revolutionize the Construction Industry”, 2016 [online]. Available at:
• Zilliacus, A., „16 Materials Every Architect Needs to Know (And Where to Learn About Them), 2016. [online]. Available at:

/ PhD thesis:
• Armenciu, D., Proiectul bioclimatic In arhitectura din România. UAUIM, 2012.
• Cel Mare, A., 1921-2021: Prefabricarea construcțiilor de locuințe In România. Teză de doctorat UAUIM, 2021.
• Trușcă, I., Fațada de sticlă reinventată. UAUIM, 2013.
• Vișan, A., Percepția tactilo-chinestezică a spațiului architectural. UAUIM, 2014.

/ Specialized bibliographic sources will be indicated directly to the students, according to the research interests of each one.