Adolf Loos’s architecture is in a very concise way “modern” because it recognizes both the coercive power and the inevitability of modernization, and the other still holds on to the habitability and attempt to create a certain harmony. The architecture of Ernst May and Das Neue Frankfurt is on a completely different way ‘modern’.
Through Berlin from East to West, from the 20s to the 80s a journey full of dangers: VOPO, lighting girls, Germans and even architects seeking the Holy Fire. The march a semi-religious classic in Berlin, Hauptstadt der DDR.
The confrontation with this Berlin, this part of west island as in East Germany, is a shocking experience. Nowhere are the political contradictions so keenly felt as here. A feeling that each of us must experience to feel the relativity of force, as it is played so great on both sides of the barriers.
A major construction operation which is ongoing since 1980. An operation in two parts: “IBA-new” and “IBA-old”. Modern and post-modern new building, next to restoration and rehalibitatie. Programs in which some 4,000 homes were designed.
In 1982 Jo Crepain launched a cry for attention for architectural competitions: “In Belgium, we are nowhere. In the country where the profession and the title of architect are best protected, least is done for architecture.”
A varied program with the recent architectural landscape of Hollein, the valiant expressionism of Bohm in the 60s, the Japanese purism of Mayekawa and the postmodern collages by Guchez and Numez.
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