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Roundtable Positions of Art History



von 17:00 bis 20:00


Wissenschaftliches Kolloquium


Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Lichthof Nord, EG, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

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The Ubiquity of Architecture: Globalization as a Challenge for Architectural History

The Ubiquity of Architecture: Globalization as a Challenge for Architectural History

Roundtable in cooperation with the Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

The phenomenon of globally active architecture firms represents a challenge for architectural history. In order to address an international public, building projects are conceived from the first for reception in visual media. This phenomenon opens an essential feature of architecture to debate: its site-specificity.

Architects have reacted to this challenge in various ways.  The answers range from abstract, technological solutions through so-called Signature-Architecture, to the faceless “All-purpose buildings“ of income-driven investment firms. This roundtable seeks to take up these questions from the perspective of architectural practice and architectural history. Architecture is site-specific, even if it now seems more oriented to dissemination via the internet, photography, video, and television than ever. Selection of materials, the decision for or against construction and building forms, and the functional demands of individual projects are also influenced by site. These particular constellations likewise present themselves in the face of the growing standardization of building processes and techniques, as well as the increasing global availability of building materials. But what impact does this have on the design process, building procedures, and the perception of architecture? What roles do the media through which architecture is now predominantly conveyed play in these fields? Which tools, methods, and practices might architectural history develop to account for these developments in research and in teaching?

Meinhard von Gerkan (gmp architekten)
Uta Hassler (ETH Zürich)
Alina Payne (Harvard University)
Werner Sobek (Universität Stuttgart/Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago)
Wolf Tegethoff (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte)

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary.

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