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Sommersemester 2018

• Kunstgeschichtliches Institut
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Seminar

Inventing Modern Architecture. Critical Texts Regarding the Path of Modernism (1914-1965)

Daniela Ortiz Dos Santos

This seminar focuses on pivotal decades in which modern architecture was not only constructed as a subject matter, but also, and mostly used as a theoretical framework in architectural history. We draw attention then to the historiography of modern architecture. Our aim is to examine books and authors – from Europe and the Americas (North and South)- who critically looked at this ’new architecture‘ built in the first half of the twentieth century in the Western world. Mapping an intellectual cartography of these actors and their discourse allows for the articulation of new modes of interpreting and intersecting aesthetic concerns, intellectual choices and theoretical approaches in which the history of modern architecture has been presented and represented.