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Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and the road to modern architecture

Author: Werner Oechslin; Lynnette Widder
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st English edView all editions and formats
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"Contemporary architectural theory emphasizes the importance of "tectonics," the term used to articulate the relationship between construction, structure and architectural expression. Despite the term's currency, little consideration has been given to its origins or historical significance. In his study, Werner Oechslin examines the attempts by early modern theoreticians of architecture to grapple with the
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Otto Wagner; Adolf Loos; Otto Wagner; Adolf Loos; Adolf Loos; Otto Wagner; Adolf Loos; Otto Wagner
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Werner Oechslin; Lynnette Widder
ISBN: 0521623464 9780521623469
OCLC Number: 46671246
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: xii, 269 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: The opposite of the issue of style: necessity, unity, immanent coherence, the naked, simple and true --
'Tectonics' and the 'theory of raiment' --
Disenchantment with 'Bötticher's overly intellectual work' and the postulation of a way to overcome the 'Semperian mechanistic conception of the essence of art' --
'Stilhülse und Kern': from theory to metaphor --
and its deployment by Otto Wagner --
Adolf Loos --
against the Zeitgeist --
'ad usum Delphini', the 'elemental event' of the raiment dissolved, and the ineluctable return, or recognized tenacity, of the Hull.
Responsibility: Werner Oechslin ; translated by Lynette Widder.
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"Contemporary architectural theory emphasizes the importance of "tectonics," the term used to articulate the relationship between construction, structure and architectural expression. Despite the term's currency, little consideration has been given to its origins or historical significance. In his study, Werner Oechslin examines the attempts by early modern theoreticians of architecture to grapple with the relationship between appearance and essence, which is crucial to the discourse of tectonics. Referring to the writings of Karl Botticher, Gottfried Semper, Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos, Oechslin follows this development from theories of a Classical architecture without columnar orders to a Modern architecture upholding the "truth" of its own architectural expression.

Oechslin locates the culmination of this discourse in the work of Adolf Loos and in Le Corbusier's frequent references to Ancient Greece as the precedent of Modern architecture's honesty. This volume includes an anthology of primary texts by several theorists published in English for the first time."--Jacket.

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