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This can come down as Vidler's most sensible severe paintings on sleek structure and the historicization of the trendy circulation. via a severe dialogue of the parcours of those 4 significant historians [Kaufmann, Rowe, Banham and Tafuri], and through default theoreticians of recent structure, Vidler successfully makes a speciality of the 'faultlines' of the present architectural 'crisis', arguing, like Habermas sooner than him, for a renewed engagement with the architectural undertaking of Modernity, in response to those severe readings that reaffirm the function of background. the belief might sound to a couple as a section too positive, suggesting for example that the paintings of Corbusier and Koolhaas come lower than an identical umbrella, yet this doesn't remove from the significance of this publication as one of many few major contemporary theoretical courses.
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Kaufmann’s seeming confusion, in these terms, was historically accurate in delineating the discursive breadth of Ledoux’s sources and its impact on design. Certainly Cassirer’s The Philosophy of the Enlightenment, also published in 1932, had the aim of constructing such a unity of thought. Second, and equally important, Kaufmann’s own intellectual agenda reached beyond a purely historical interpretation. Embedded in the title of Von Ledoux bis Le Corbusier and in Kaufmann’s appeal to Kantian thought was an implicit challenge to the emerging cultural politics of Austria and Germany, and a covert appeal to a “united” front using the rule of law and reason as the basis for the restatement of the ideal of a liberal, social democratic state.
68 It had been Sedlmayr, of all the Vienna school historians, who took seriously the lessons of Riegl, in opposition to his dissertation advisor Julius Schlosser. He conceptualized a method of art history that completely integrated architecture, developing Riegl’s concept of Kunstwollen, as reinterpreted by his contemporary Panofsky, into what he termed a Strukturanalyse, or analysis of structural principles. These were not, however, the principles of “structure” as an architect might understand them.
51 Thus understood, the interrogation of autonomy was joined to the interrogation of bourgeois liberal democracy, under severe threat in the interwar period. Inspired by the researches of the Marburg school, under the leadership of Hermann Cohen, many philosophers in the early twentieth century, including Ernst Cassirer who studied at Marburg, were returning to Kant as the initiator of modern critical philosophy, and in particular the philosophy of autonomy. “The basic concept of Kantian ethics: the concept of autonomy.