Architecture Language Critique

Around Paul Engelmann


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Paul Engelmann was Adolf Loos’s favorite pupil, private secretary to Karl Kraus and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s most important interlocutor in the years between 1916 and 1928 as well as his partner in building the Stonborough House. Thus it was that the trenchant critique of modernity associated with Wittgenstein’s Vienna originated around Paul Engelmann. The present volume of essays from an international symposium in Aarhus, Denmark in 1999 offers an interdisciplinary perspective on issues bearing upon architecture, language and cultural criticism as they relate to the life’s work of Paul Engelmann.

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Preface. 1. Introduction: Anne-Louise SOMMER: Modern Architecture. A Process of Radical Rethinking. 2. Judith BAKACSY: Paul Engelmann (1891-1965). His Way from Olomouc via Vienna to Israel. 3. Allan JANIK: Engelmann's Role in Wittgenstein's Philosophical Development. 4. Kasper Nefer OLSEN: Semelfactivity. 5. Niel ALBERTSEN: The Artwork in the Semiosphere of Gestures. Wittgenstein, Gesture and Secondary Meaning. 6. Paul WIJDEVELD: Engelmann and Wittgenstein. The Relevance of the Palais Stonborough for Contemporary Architectural Discussion. 7. Nana LAST: Transgressions and Inhabitations. Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy. 8. Jean-Pierre COMETTI: Architecture and Philosophy. The Palais Stonborough in the Light of Ethical Concerns. 9. Anders V. MUNCH: Style and Form of Life. Loos, Wittgenstein and Engelmann. 10. Leslie VAN DUZER/Kent KLEINMAN: Villa Müller, Prague. 10. Leslie VAN DUZER/Kent KLEINMAN: Postscript: A Homage to Jan Turnovsky. Index.
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