- Hatje Cantz
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- Living the Modern_AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTURE
The exhibition 'Living the Modern_Australian Architecture', curated by Dr Claudia Perrin for Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ, 12. September - 11. November 2007, shows for the first time in Germany on this scale the Australian Architecture of the 'Progressive Modernism' by means of excellent architectural examples in a range of housing projects. Twenty-five young and also established architecture offices, who have transformed, interpreted, used, reformed and converted aspects of modernism within the past 15 years, deliver insight to the culturally and environmentally specific development of modern architecture in Australia. Through the detailed presentation of nearly 50 housing examples, a very personal Australian way of life and building culture will be opened for public viewing. The projects have been grouped into six categories, or keywords, intended to further the discussion on various aspects of modernism: Minimal, Sculptural, Frames, Interaction, Landscape, and East/West. Additionally, the survey is supplemented by prior examples of modernism from the 1950s to the 1980s, presenting works of Glenn Murcutt, Harry Seidler, Gabriel Poole, Sydney Ancher, Neville Gruzman, Stan Symonds and Robin Boyd. While following different theories, the architects represented in the exhibition all still remain bound to the location in which they build. Australian architects have developed a completely extraordinary and strong sense of their surrounding environment. Each house reacts and interacts differently with its specific surroundings, and would not function in another location. For this reason Australian architecture cannot be 'internationalized', but better described as 'Contemporary Progressive Modernism'.
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