Thought and feeling in Giedion's mechanization takes command

Lozanovska, Mirjana 2013, Thought and feeling in Giedion's mechanization takes command, in OPEN 2013 : Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Gold Coast, Qld., pp. 879-889.

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Title Thought and feeling in Giedion's mechanization takes command
Author(s) Lozanovska, Mirjana
Conference name Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Conference (30th : 2013 : Gold Coast, Queensland)
Conference location Gold Coast, Queensland
Conference dates 2-5 Jul. 2013
Title of proceedings OPEN 2013 : Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Editor(s) Brown, Alexandra
Leach, Andrew
Publication date 2013
Conference series Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Start page 879
End page 889
Total pages 11
Publisher Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Place of publication Gold Coast, Qld.
Summary An internal crisis within architecture and the way historiography both presents and conceals it, can be seen most strikingly in the contrast between two publications by the architectural historian Sigfried Giedion, Space Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition, published in 1941, and Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History, published in 1948. These two publications take us back to the scene of World War Two, the former during the war and after Giedion's affair with America, and the latter after the war. At the time of publication Giedion's former book, Space, Time and Architecture, was seen as a "blockbuster" by the architectural community (especially in the USA). The latter publication, Mechanization, did not receive a favourable response by the same professional community. Their contrasting historiography suggests that the internal crisis of architecture is in a constant struggle with architecture's exterior, in this case, war. Giedion's Mechanization can be seen as the shadow text of the progressive myth of the former. With a focus on Mechanization, the paper aims to open its discursive approach to history. The post-war city is where Giedion's publications and my studies on "a gap of history" coincide and intersect. Giedion is fascinated with psychic factors shown in the recurring theme of the split between thought and feeling and exemplified in the dialectic between image and text. Drawing on psychoanalytic theory I argue that this functions as a mirror-stage in relation to a discourse on architecture and to architecture's disciplinary boundaries where the subject of architecture lacks the ideality and unity that is represented in the former publication.
ISBN 098760550X
9780987605504
Language eng
Field of Research 120103 Architectural History and Theory
160806 Social Theory
200204 Cultural Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058813

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