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AHO Architecture Lectures: Hermann Czech - Our Postmodern Condition

Czech’s architecture is sometimes called a silent architecture, an architecture at second sight, or a veiled architecture that
does not reveal itself immediately, where one is encouraged to look behind the veil to uncover the world.
In 1980 Czech wrote: “Architecture is not life. Architecture is background. Everything else is not architecture.” and therefore became the protagonist of a new, "silent" architecture that "only speaks if it's asked".

His buildings want to appear as a spontaneous reaction to different needs: the idea of Josef Frank’s “accidentism” (adaptation to circumstances) in the formation of the environment forms the central issue in Czech’s architecture. The design becomes a “nonevent” seeking to blend into its surroundings. This position rejects types and systems, replacing them with the concern for the real, which can be seen early on in his House M. (1977–81) in Schwechat, where he again interprets Loos’s Raumplan and Frank’s “accidentism.”

He is based in Vienna, the architectural work includes cafés, urban planning, residential projects, school buildings, as well as small interventions. He was an assistant to Hans Hollein and Johannes Spalt from 1974-1980 at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and became a Visiting professor at the same university in 1985, as well as a Visiting Professor at the Harvard University in Cambridge from 1993-1994 and at ETH Zürich from 2004-2007.

We are very happy to welcome both Hermann Czech and you for a lecture at AHO!


Monday, 20th of May - 18:00
Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Maridalsveien 29, Oslo
Room A2

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AHO Architecture Lectures Series is an independent student initiative.
With this, we wish to contribute to the continuous contemporary architectural discourse in Norway.
Program:

Date: 20. May, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm

Venue: AHO - A2 - Sverre Fehn Auditorium
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Contact: Erik Benjamin Sjöberg