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Architecture Misfit #9: Karel Teige

Architecture Misfit #9: Karel Teige
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Meet Karel Teige. Karel Teige was the major figure of the Czech avant-garde movement Devětsil in the 1920s, a graphic artist, photographer, and typographer. Teige also worked as an editor and graphic designer for Devětsil’s monthly magazine ReD. The internet has taken a fancy to his surreal collages. Here’s one of my favourites – just the […]

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Architecture Misfit #8: Hassan Fathy

Architecture Misfit #8: Hassan Fathy
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Hassan Fathy (1900 – 1989) Hassan Fathy was responsible for 160 projects from houses and schools to large-scale communities. His most major work was the building of the village of New Gourna (1948-1952), near Luxor, Egypt, without the use of modern and expensive materials such as steel and concrete. This project was documented in his 1969 book Architecture for the […]

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Architecture Misfits #7: Lacaton & Vassal

Architecture Misfits #7: Lacaton & Vassal
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When misfits finally gets around to writing the definitive history of sustainable architecture, it will bypass all the media-hogging and resource-wasting architecture of the twentieth century and instead feature many of the architects mentioned in this blog. Irving Gill deserves a place for this following statement he made around 1915. If the cost of unimportant […]

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Architecture Misfit #6: George Fred Keck

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Just when I said that there weren’t any more 20C misfits, along comes George Fred Keck!  This image is of his Crystal House. It was built for Chicago’s 1933 “Homes of Tomorrow Exhibition” where [a] handful of architects and manufacturers was charged with designing housing prototypes that would conceptualize ways in which new technologies could change […]

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Architecture Misfits #5: The Futurists

Architecture Misfits #5: The Futurists
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The futurists were misfits in more ways than one. They had a manifesto – a written statement of what they believed in. The modern equivalent would, I suppose, be the “vision statement” that we see in business plans – only with more poetry to it. Here’s their point #7, for example. We declare that the splendor […]

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Architecture Misfit #4: Adolfo Natalini

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“…if design is merely an inducement to consume, then we must reject design; if architecture is merely the codifying of bourgeois model of ownership and society, then we must reject architecture; if architecture and town planning is merely the formalization of present unjust social divisions, then we must reject town planning and its cities…until all […]

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Architecture Misfit #3: Eileen Gray

Architecture Misfit #3: Eileen Gray
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Eileen Gray 1878 –1976: Here’s a good blogpost with a quick bio and here’s another one with pics of most of her important work. In the shallow fiction that is architectural history, she gets namechecked for designing this house, E1027. E1027 is in a nice little corner of the world. Cap Martin, French Riviera.  43°45’35.57″N   7°27’47.38″E That’s Monaco […]

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Architecture Misfit #2: Irving John Gill

Architecture Misfit #2: Irving John Gill
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Irving John Gill [1870–1936] Irving Gill had no formal education in architecture and never attended college. His father was a builder who, according to William Curtis’s “Modern Architecture Since 1900”, “had a knack for finding short cuts in construction”.  Curtis goes on to say that Gill himself was an early advocate of reinforced concrete in domestic […]

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Architecture Misfit #1: Hannes Meyer

Architecture Misfit #1: Hannes Meyer
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If he is remembered at all, the architect Hannes Meyer is remembered inappropriately as the “third” director of the Bauhaus. He was actually the second director of the Bauhaus. Walter Gropius was first, from 1919 to 1927, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was third, from 1930 to 1933. Gropius and Mies van der Rohe […]