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A46 ARCH 523JBerlin Bricks: Paradigm Shifts and Continuity (Berlin)3.0 Units
Description:In the course Berlin will be considered as an architectural manual. According to the uniqueness of every city on the example of Berlin we will try to focus on significant contradictory attitudes in architecture and urbanism to study their effects. "Weiterbauen" : how to continue building the city. What are the time-transcending narrations? Which programmatic shifts we can observe and what are their lessons? Karl Scheffler, a German art historian in the first half of 20th century did a clear distinction in his book "The Spirit of Gothic" from 1917 between two alternating fundamental attitudes in design: Gothic and Romanesque. The pendulum over the centuries, he argues, swings permanently from one side to the other. It´s never a stagnation -- and never a progression. In architecture fighting, influencing and overlaying of attitudes with their contradictory potential makes city as a whole- especially in Berlin, following another word by Scheffler- as a city "always to become and never to be". The situation of today in cases of mindset is much more chaotic than in 1917, but attitudes are still asked, even thinking in black and white- terms seem to be over. We want to read important aspects- literally, by visual perceptions and through abstractions, interpretations and applications to learn and to adapt knowledge by understanding how knowledge is generated and was adapted so far.
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