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Regionalism and Modernity: Architecture in Western Europe 1914-1940

Author/EditorMeganck L et.al. (Author)
Santvoort, Linda Van (Author)
De Maeyer, Jan (Author)
ISBN: 9789058679185
Pub Date28/01/2013
BindingHardback
Pages240
Dimensions (mm)292(h) * 229(w)
In this book, internationally-renowned researchers investigate the complex and shifting relation between regionalism and modernity in the architecture of Western Europe between the two World Wars.
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Previously published: Sources of Regionalism in the Nineteenth-Century. Architecture, Art and LiteratureThe complex and shifting relation between regionalism and modernity

With its search for purity, honesty, modesty, and 'fitness of purpose', the late 19th and early 20th century concept of architectural regionalism is seminal to the modern movement. In later historiography, however, regionalism in Europe was neglected and even labeled 'backward'. The origins of this drastic change of perception can be traced to the 1930s, when regionalism as a positive form gradually turned into a 'closed' form of regionalism, a folding back on one's own region as a defence mechanism in an economically and politically turbulent decade.

In this book internationally renowned researchers investigate the complex and shifting relation between regionalism and modernity in the architecture of Western Europe between the two World Wars, with a focus on Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain. They demonstrate that regionalism cannot be separated from modernity, but is in fact a way of dealing with modernity and its contradictions. Applied to architecture, regionalism is a means to moderate modernism, to embed the design in its local surroundings. It is seen as a result of the search for identity in a modernizing and globalizing world where tensions arise between diversity and superiority and among science, aesthetics, and ideology. The employment of regional forms and concepts is then used as an adaptation strategy, a way to facilitate modernity. Rather than rejecting regionalism as an anti-modern phenomenon, this book's contributors show that we should interpret regionalism as a striving for continuity within modernity.

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content)

Contributors
Herve Doucet (University of Strasbourg); Kai Krauskopf (Technische Universitat Dresden), Leen Meganck (Flanders Heritage Agency), Benoit Mihail (Police Museum Brussels), Lut Missinne (Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster), Bjoern Rzoska (Groen), Michelangelo Sabatino (University of Houston), Vanessa Vanden Berghe (University of East London), Johan Van den Mooter (Kempens Landschap), Evert Vandeweghe (Ghent University), Jean-Claude Vigato (Ecole nationale superieure d'architecture de Nancy)

Previously published: Sources of Regionalism in the Nineteenth-Century. Architecture, Art and LiteratureThe complex and shifting relation between regionalism and modernity

With its search for purity, honesty, modesty, and 'fitness of purpose', the late 19th and early 20th century concept of architectural regionalism is seminal to the modern movement. In later historiography, however, regionalism in Europe was neglected and even labeled 'backward'. The origins of this drastic change of perception can be traced to the 1930s, when regionalism as a positive form gradually turned into a 'closed' form of regionalism, a folding back on one's own region as a defence mechanism in an economically and politically turbulent decade.

In this book internationally renowned researchers investigate the complex and shifting relation between regionalism and modernity in the architecture of Western Europe between the two World Wars, with a focus on Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain. They demonstrate that regionalism cannot be separated from modernity, but is in fact a way of dealing with modernity and its contradictions. Applied to architecture, regionalism is a means to moderate modernism, to embed the design in its local surroundings. It is seen as a result of the search for identity in a modernizing and globalizing world where tensions arise between diversity and superiority and among science, aesthetics, and ideology. The employment of regional forms and concepts is then used as an adaptation strategy, a way to facilitate modernity. Rather than rejecting regionalism as an anti-modern phenomenon, this book's contributors show that we should interpret regionalism as a striving for continuity within modernity.

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content)

Contributors
Herve Doucet (University of Strasbourg); Kai Krauskopf (Technische Universitat Dresden), Leen Meganck (Flanders Heritage Agency), Benoit Mihail (Police Museum Brussels), Lut Missinne (Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster), Bjoern Rzoska (Groen), Michelangelo Sabatino (University of Houston), Vanessa Vanden Berghe (University of East London), Johan Van den Mooter (Kempens Landschap), Evert Vandeweghe (Ghent University), Jean-Claude Vigato (Ecole nationale superieure d'architecture de Nancy)

Leen Meganck is Senior Researcher on Architectural History at the Flanders Heritage Agency. Linda Van Santvoort is PhD in Art History and Professor at the U.Gent. Her research focuses on architecture and conservation in the 19th and 20th centuries. Linda Van Santvoort is Professor of Architectural History and Heritage at Ghent University. Jan De Maeyer is professor emeritus of contemporary church history at KU Leuven and honorary director of KADOC-KU Leuven. His research focuses on political and social Catholicism, material Christianity, and the development of religious institutions and congregations.

Introduction FRANCE Jean-Claude Vigato Between Progress and Tradition. The Regionalist Debate in France Herve Doucet Searching for a New Image. An Idealized Regionalism in Lorraine BELGIUM Johan Van den Mooter German Reconstruction in Belgium during World War I. A Regional Experiment Leen Meganck Patriotism, Genius Loci, Authentic Buildings and Imitation Farmsteads. Regionalism in Interwar Belgium Benoit Mihail Traditionalist Architecture in Belgium between the Wars. The Obsession with National Culture and the French Influence Evert Vandeweghe Municipal Imagery and Regionalist Architecture in the Aftermath of the First World War. Branches of the National Bank of Belgium in Flanders Bjoern Rzoska Farmstead, Tribe, Soil and National Character. Clemens Victor Trefois, a Self-Made Farmhouse Expert from Flanders Lut Missinne Regionalism and a European View? Gerard Walschap on the 'Heimatroman' GERMANY Kai Krauskopf Standardization and the Landscape. Traditionalism and the Planning of Housing Estates in Germany between the Two World Wars ENGLAND Vanessa Vanden Berghe Oliver Hill. A Window on Regionalism in Britain during the Interwar Period ITALY Michelangelo Sabatino Toward a Regionalist Modernism. Italian Architecture and the Vernacular Abbreviations Bibliography Index Authors Colophon

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