New Docomomo Journal 49 “For an Architect´s Training”

By DOCOMOMO Belgium / April, 5, 2014 / 0 comments

First DOCOMOMO Journal of 2014 is available:
DOCOMOMO Journal 49 (2014/1) “For an Architect´s Training

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The analysis of Modern architect’s training is the issue of this docomomo Journal. The variety of discussions on architects’ mission, vialis 40mg on architectural discipline and the recall on some key figures explain the argument of this Journal entitled For an Architect’s Training. The title quotes Walter Gropius’ “Blueprint for an architect’s training” spread through the French magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui in February 1950 (number 28), sale dedicated to “Walter Gropius, the spread of an idea” and realized by Paul Rudolph under the direction of Gropius himself who developed his ideas on design education between art and technique, creation, research and applied science.

In this context emerges Joseph Hudnut, at the time Harvard University Dean of the Faculty of Design. In his Blueprint for a University (1944), Hudnut shaped the liaison between “our universities” and “the evolution of a new social order in our cities.” In fact, he advocates “a scientific attitude towards the problem thus created [by the immense industrial expansion] and the establishment of the intellectual forces in the effort to resolve them.

”Facing what he calls as the social disintegration, he considers that “living needs a pattern [and] a framework of social purpose.” docomomo acknowledges the major relevance of reflecting on the Modern Movement heritage focusing on two of the main issues: learning and responsibility. This duality between education and duty implies a collective attitude and a shared action. In fact, Hudnut “does not suggest that a social pattern can be created by an act of the individual will. It will be not invented. It will be the consequence of an evolutionary process [because] Planning is a term which includes both foresight and responsibility for change.” This responsibility towards the future implies “the sense of historicity and evolutionary identity” in the terms defended by Juhani Pallasmaa in his “Newness, Tradition and Identity” docomomo Lectures published in this Journal. Pallasmaa argues referring to Álvaro Siza’s conviction that “architects don’t invent anything, they transform reality.” Pallasmaa stands “the ground of culture” as a collective mental foundation taking into account that “the quick collapse of this collective mental foundation during the past decades is already a serious obstacle for education in the creative fields today.”

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