Reading group

Reading Group (Spring 2024)

5. 3. / 26. 3. / 9. 4. / 23. 4.  2024
room D2TYM7 or TEAMS

We are organising the reading group for colleagues and PHD students of the Departent of Art History. Join us on selected Tuesdays at 10:00. Live or online on TEAMS.

Would you like to join the reading group? You can come any time. Check the dates below.


This reading group aims to delve into the intricate world of modern architecture and its multifaceted interpretations. Our discussions will traverse a spectrum of perspectives, ranging from historical, cultural, and socio-economic lenses to more contemporary viewpoints. By scrutinizing influential architectural movements, iconic structures, and the evolution of design philosophies, participants will discuss the nuanced nature of modern architectural interpretation. Through collaborative dialogue, we hope to explore the interplay between form and function, the impact of technological advancements, and the cultural contexts that have shaped modern architectural discourse. 

This reading group provides an invaluable opportunity for students to enhance their analytical skills, broaden their knowledge of architectural history, and cultivate a deeper appreciation for the complexities inherent in interpreting modern architectural masterpieces. Join us as we embark on a journey to unravel the layers of meaning embedded in the structures that define the heritage of the modern built environment. 

5. 3.

Elana Shapira, Style and Seduction. Jewish Patrons, Architecture, and Design in Fin de Siecle Vienna, Lebanon 2016, chapter 1: The Historicist, 1860s-70s, pp. 21-56. 


26. 3.

Robin Schuldenfrei, Interiority: Mies Van Der Rohe, Auratic Space, And The Modern City, in: Luxury and Modernism: Architecture and the Object in Germany 1900-1933,: p. 223 – 254. 


9.  4.

Christopher Long, The New Space. Movement and Experience in Viennese Modern Architecture, New Haven – London 2016, chapter 2: Thoughts on Designing a Ground Plan, pp. 11-37. 


23. 4.

Mike Cadwell, The Jacobs House: Burning Fields, in: Strange Details: Writing Architecture, MIT Press, 2007.