Hermann Czech


Lecture | Monday 12.12.2011 | 19:00h | R211a


Lectureseries: Architecture History after Foucault

Things that look like nothing

“Architecture is not life. Architecture is background. Everything else is not architecture.”

This text of 1971 is one aspect of my work. Another is “Umbau”, a German word which is only insufficiently translated by the terms transformation, remodeling, adaptation, conversion etc. It is a central notion of architectural theory. Everything is conversion.

Architecture is dealing with very many objects; objectivity means treating each of them in accordance with its necessities. Since very few of these objects are alike, the true basis and result of “Sachlichkeit” is heterogeneity, not similarity. Architecture is part of everyday life and vice versa; so it cannot help but include the trivial.

Loss of comfort is the most annoying side effect that goes with change. When we architects tend to reinvent the wheel in every generation, we should take care that it does not come out square each time.

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Hermann Czech

 

Lecture | Monday 12.12.2011 | 19:00h | R211a

 

Lectureseries: Architecture History after Foucault

Those are central aspects: architecture as background, Umbau, heterogeneity including triviality, and comfort.

 



Hermann Czech, born in Vienna, studied with Konrad Wachsmann at the Summer Academy Salzburg and with Ernst A. Plischke at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His heterogeneous work includes planning, e.g. a critical subway network project for Vienna (with several authors, 1967), as well as interventions of small scale, like “Kleines Café” (Vienna 1970 and 1974), or the “Wine house PUNKT” (Caldaro, Italy 2005), and exhibition design, as “Wien 1938”, in the Vienna town hall 1988.