CRAN Symposium 2014: The New Modern House

Hear different perspectives from residential architects on form and design as well as the influence in materials, systems, and construction on what it means to design a new Modern house.


Le Corbusier famously said that ‘a house is a machine for living in.’ It is no surprise that as modern forms and materials have changed the face of our towns and cities, they have had a pronounced impact on the look of our houses as well. Changing lifestyles have produced a reassessment of how we live in our houses, just as concurrent advances in materials, systems, and construction methods have dramatically altered forms and design strategies.

The new, innovative, and avante garde - all continue to hold significance in house design, while a new emphasis on local and global sustainability has further changed the composition of modern dwellings. You will hear different perspectives explored as this roundtable addresses what it means to design a new Modern house.

Learning objectives

  • Learn about the design and construction of new houses in Modern stylistic idioms; how they meet the needs of their owners and how they contribute to their environs.
  • Explore ways that traditional forms and building materials can be used in new and innovative ways in a modern context.
  • Examine how the renovation or expansion of an existing house can be transformed by the application of Modern design techniques.
  • Study the role of pre-existing natural and built local conditions in informing the design of a new Modern house.

This course is part of a series

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1.50 LUs
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