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Montage and modern architecture: Giedion's implicit manifesto

Deriu, Davide (2007) Montage and modern architecture: Giedion's implicit manifesto. Architectural Theory Review, 12 (1). pp. 36-59. ISSN 1326-4826

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13264820701553096

Abstract

While montage has long been recognized as a fundamental principle of the avant-garde, its specific import in modern architecture has been overlooked. This state of neglect persists amidst the contemporary revival of montage in architectural practice and theory. The essay addresses this lacuna by exploring how the montage principle informed a milestone of modern architectural discourse: Sigfried Giedion's book, Building in France, Building in Iron, Building in Ferroconcrete - first published in 1928. This seminal work is revisited by means of four critical categories ('assemblage', 'elevation', 'cinematism', and 'exposition'), each of which reveals a distinct aspect of the book. The analysis of multiple layers of meaning indicates that montage had a profound impact on Giedion's operative criticism. Indeed, the essay suggests that Building in France be regarded as an implicit manifesto of architectural montage.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Assemblage, avant-garde, Benjamin, Walter, cinematism, defamiliarization, Eiffel Tower, Einsenstein, Sergei, exposition, Giedion, Sigfried, interpenetration, Le Corbusier, montage, neues bauen, pont transbordeur, promenade
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:4197
Deposited On:12 Jun 2007
Last Modified:22 Oct 2009 12:36

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