2016 March 03
Landscapes of Modernism

Karin Raith

1.Termin: 03.03.2016, 10:00 – 13:00
Paulusplatz 5, Seminarraum 2.Stock, 1030 Wien


The modern approach to landscape is multifaceted and sometimes even seems contradictory: Modern architects tried to emancipate from the past by fighting traditions and to break free from local ties. Yet, some of the most delicate dialogues between architecture and its surroundings were created in the age of Modernism.
Modernity involved rationalisation and disenchantment of the world. Yet, Le Corbusier dreamt of keeping bucolic landscapes untouched while he designed enormous buildings and vast urban developments.
Modernity is based on industrialisation and urbanisation, on faith in social and technological progress and the will to dominate nature. Yet, the most sensitive landscape paintings en plein air were produced in the early phase of Modernism.
We will explore how modern arts relate to the socio-cultural and economic conditions of modernity. The focus of the course will be on the interaction between architecture and landscape and on concepts of Modernism that continue to have their effect on today’s built environment.

7.3. , 4.4., 18.4., 2.5., 30.5., 6.6., 20.6.
10:00 – 13:00

Image: Le Corbusier, Propos d’Urbanisme, Paris, 1946, (c)FLC/ADAGP