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Type: Conference paper
Title: Rudolph Schindler's Church School Lecture on Decoration (1916): A Preliminary Reading
Author: Curry, J.
Fung, S.
Citation: Quotation: What Does History Have in Store for Architecture Today? Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ 2017), 2017 / pp.77-90
Publisher: SAHANZ
Publisher Place: Australia
Issue Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780646981659
Conference Name: 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) (05 Jul 2017 - 08 Jul 2017 : Canberra, Australia)
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James Curry, Stanislaus Fung
Abstract: The primary aim of this paper is to contribute to the task of identifying and discussing the original ideas put forward by Rudolph Schindler in his writings. This paper examines a lecture on decoration given by Schindler in 1916, the notes for which have survived in an unpublished manuscript (the ‘Church School Lectures’) in the University of California, Santa Barbara Archive. Containing notes for 11 lectures, this manuscript contains Schindler’s most extended and theoretical discussions on architecture. This paper offers the first transcription of these notes, and provides a commentary that contextualises Schindler’s thought at this period. Schindler’s views represent two important advances on the architectural thinking developed by Adolf Loos and Frank Lloyd Wright: first, articulating a new sense of decoration as material and texture; and secondly, the direct abutment of materials eliminating the need for facings at their connection.
Rights: © Copyright of this volume belongs to SAHANZ. Copyright of the content of individual contributions remains the property of the named author or authors.
RMID: 0030084251
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