The Appearance of Modern Architecture: Introduction - Modernity, Autonomy, and the Question of Appearance

Date: Monday 19 January 2004
Time: 00:00
Running time: 72 mins

How can we specify the characteristics of modern architecture? This question has particular force in relation to the growing interest in organicism within architectural practice, a movement that seems to recall certain baroque motifs rather than ostensibly modern ones. To attempt an answer Andrew Benjamins lecture series will look at three distinct areas: the writings of Emil Kaufmann for whom there is a distinct break between the baroque and the postbaroque; Colin Rowes analysis of the relationship between the classical and the modern, according to which the pretensions of the modern are undone by the retention of ideal forms; and the use of the baroque in order to stage the concerns of the modern - this position finds its most emphatic expression in the philosophical writings of Gilles Deleuze and their use by contemporary theorists.NB: The few slides shown during the lecture are not recorded on camera until the last moments of the Q & A.5

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