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The Environment of Organic Theory: Juraj Neidhardt’s Organicism in Early Yugoslavian Architecture and Urbanism

The Environment of Organic Theory: Juraj Neidhardt’s Organicism in Early Yugoslavian Architecture... AbstractThe commitment that the architects of emerging Socialist Yugoslavia made towards its revolutionary society in the early 1950s resulted in a pursuit of theory capable of articulating architectural social aspirations. In the case of architect Juraj Neidhardt, this pursuit entailed an interrogation of a lineage of interwar modernist organicism, which he inherited as Le Corbusier’s intern in the 1930s. The theory was premised on the existence of the universal social body, perceived as an organic whole and operating at the scale of the city. In the course of the 1950s, however, Neidhardt developed a conception of organicism that relied on the scale of the region as both the reference of an organic whole and the scope of operation. This paper unravels the relationship between Neidhardt’s new organicism and the Yugoslavian political–economic paradigm and how it was rooted in the discovery of the environment. This frames the political relevance of the pairing between organic theory and the environment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

The Environment of Organic Theory: Juraj Neidhardt’s Organicism in Early Yugoslavian Architecture and Urbanism

The Environment of Organic Theory: Juraj Neidhardt’s Organicism in Early Yugoslavian Architecture and Urbanism

Architecture and Culture , Volume 4 (3): 13 – Sep 1, 2016

Abstract

AbstractThe commitment that the architects of emerging Socialist Yugoslavia made towards its revolutionary society in the early 1950s resulted in a pursuit of theory capable of articulating architectural social aspirations. In the case of architect Juraj Neidhardt, this pursuit entailed an interrogation of a lineage of interwar modernist organicism, which he inherited as Le Corbusier’s intern in the 1930s. The theory was premised on the existence of the universal social body, perceived as an organic whole and operating at the scale of the city. In the course of the 1950s, however, Neidhardt developed a conception of organicism that relied on the scale of the region as both the reference of an organic whole and the scope of operation. This paper unravels the relationship between Neidhardt’s new organicism and the Yugoslavian political–economic paradigm and how it was rooted in the discovery of the environment. This frames the political relevance of the pairing between organic theory and the environment.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2016.1239918
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Abstract

AbstractThe commitment that the architects of emerging Socialist Yugoslavia made towards its revolutionary society in the early 1950s resulted in a pursuit of theory capable of articulating architectural social aspirations. In the case of architect Juraj Neidhardt, this pursuit entailed an interrogation of a lineage of interwar modernist organicism, which he inherited as Le Corbusier’s intern in the 1930s. The theory was premised on the existence of the universal social body, perceived as an organic whole and operating at the scale of the city. In the course of the 1950s, however, Neidhardt developed a conception of organicism that relied on the scale of the region as both the reference of an organic whole and the scope of operation. This paper unravels the relationship between Neidhardt’s new organicism and the Yugoslavian political–economic paradigm and how it was rooted in the discovery of the environment. This frames the political relevance of the pairing between organic theory and the environment.

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2016

Keywords: Yugoslavian architecture and urbanism; architectural theory; modernism; organicism; planning; Juraj Neidhardt

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