Gottfried Semper and the Problem of Historicism

Gottfried Semper and the Problem of Historicism

by Mari Hvattum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521821630

ISBN-13: 9780521821636

Pub. Date: 01/12/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Using key texts by the German architect and theorist Gottfried Semper, Mari Hvattum offers a reinterpretation of historicism, viewed as a philosophical outlook as well as an architectural problem. Hvattum focuses on Semper's two major concerns: an understanding of the ontological significance of art and architecture, and their rendering as objects of scientific

Overview

Using key texts by the German architect and theorist Gottfried Semper, Mari Hvattum offers a reinterpretation of historicism, viewed as a philosophical outlook as well as an architectural problem. Hvattum focuses on Semper's two major concerns: an understanding of the ontological significance of art and architecture, and their rendering as objects of scientific investigation and prediction. She uses Semper's thought as a means to address the inherent problems of historicist thought and its continued influence on modern architectural discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521821636
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/12/2004
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Towards a Poetics of Architecture: 1. The cult of origins; 2. The doctrine of imitation; 3. Semper and the poetic of architecture; Part II. Practical Aesthetics: 4. Semper and practical aesthetics; 5. The comparative method; 6. Towards a method of inventing; Part III. The Aporias of Historicism: 7. Semper and the 'Style of Our Time'; 8. History and historicism; 9. Between poetics and practical aesthetics.

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