Infrastructures of Modernity
27 – 29 Oct 2021
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After the 4th CIAM Congress, held in Athens in 1933, had put the functional city at the centre of urban planning discussions, Ludwig Hilberseimer published the book The New City (1944) in his Chicago exile. The architect, urban planner and former professor at the Bauhaus started out from a functional analysis of the city. But he found results that went far beyond the demands of his colleagues. Based on studies at the Dessau Bauhaus, Hilberseimer developed a kind of ecological urbanism that envisaged an interrelation of city and landscape. However, he was able to realise this concept only once and only in sections: Lafayette Park in Detroit was created from 1956 onwards as a joint project with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the landscape architect Alfred Caldwell.
The international conference Ludwig Hilberseimer: Infrastructures of Modernity takes a new look at various aspects and discourses of modernity based on the special role of Ludwig Hilberseimer. In the five panels “City Building Elements”, “Großstadt: German Perspectives”, “Urban Landscapes: US Perspectives”, “Life/Theory” and “Media Methods”, infrastructures serve as a kind of leitmotif. Hilberseimer’s work, especially in its deviations, is suitable as a model for the first half of the 20th century and allows alternative approaches to a history of modern urbanity.
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