ESC Midterms | Photo: Christina Ehrmann

VORGRIFF

Another attempt at cultural heritage

 

BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Cultural Heritage

Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi

"...the old will thus yield something new, and the very newest will show its ancient face."
Karl-Markus Gauss
       
There is a sentence that has been haunting me for quite a while. It might have been spoken or written by Alexander Kluge, by Heiner Müller or even somebody else; however, the original wording may be different anyway: KUNST LEBT IM VORGRIFF AUF DIE ZEIT IHRER WIRKUNG. This applies to architecture, too: an architectural idea or design exists in anticipation of its impact on a variety of environments, and by its capacity to engage the human condition.

I further recall Hans Robert Jauß’ insight that the historic entity of an artwork lies not only in its representative and/or expressive function, but inevitably in its effect, too – and thus in its manifold reciprocities with individuals, communities and/or societies. According to Jauß this understanding requires ongoing questioning and active reproduction of the past with a focus on the interaction between the work and mankind rather than on the work itself.

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VORGRIFF

Another attempt at cultural heritage

 

BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Cultural Heritage

Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi

The predominant culture of cultural heritage in Western architecture is one that focuses on the faithful restoration or conservation of the built object. These current practices of cultural heritage essentially belong to the realm of a material culture. They lead to results that are highly questionable in terms of the object’s authenticity and performativity in today’s constantly changing environments.

Instead, we propose a notion of cultural heritage that is rooted in architectural culture – a culture that lives in anticipation of its impact on a potential future. Such a culture is represented not just by buildings and objects, but more so by ideas and concepts, which in architecture means by drawings, models and other media such as film, installations etc.

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VORGRIFF

Another attempt at cultural heritage

 

BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Cultural Heritage

Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi

Imagine the transcription of seminal unbuilt projects of the past into our time. This process will not only consider the project’s (retrospectively) anticipated effect on the future of its own time, but will also examine the unbuilt project’s role in the architectural discourse since. The future (of architecture) becomes possible, a future that the past could not think and that the present – in dialogue with the past – could finally dare to realize.

We understand the function of cultural heritage in architecture as a transformative practice, in contrast to a duty of conservation.

 

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