Histories of Postwar Architecture

Histories of Postwar Architecture (HPA) – ISSN 2611-0075 is a biannual open-access peer-reviewed Journal that aims to publish innovative and original papers on postwar architecture, with no geographical, methodological, historiographical or disciplinary restrictions.

HPA is a scientific journal recognized by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes) for disciplinary areas 08 and 10.

 


Histories of Postwar Architecture (HPA) is a biannual open-access peer-reviewed Journal that aims to publish innovative and original papers on post-war architecture, with no geographical, methodological, historiographical or disciplinary restrictions.

HPA is a scientific journal recognized by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes) for disciplinary areas 08 and 10.

ISSN 2611-0075

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JULY 2020 - HPA 6/2020


Thick Descriptions: Socialist Yugoslavia in Construction
Issue edited by Bojana Videkanic, Vladimir Kulic

 

 
Posted: 2020-04-20
 

Committed, Politicized, or Operative: Figures of Engagement in Criticism from 1945 to Today - Call for Papers - HPA 7/2020

 

Issue edited by Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2) and Paolo Scrivano (Politecnico di Milano).

Call for paper deadline: July 31, 2020

 

In a 1995 article on the renewal of architectural criticism, French architect and critic Bernard Huet referred to Charles Baudelaire to define art criticism as necessarily – in the poet’s words – “partial, impassionate, political”. During the 1990s, perhaps as a reaction to the 1980s, when in many specialized publications architectural criticism was identified as “communication” or even as promotion of architects and architectures, it emerged an extensive nostalgia for a notion of criticism associated to the historical avant-gardes. In this “committed” criticism or in the “politicized” one it was possible to emphasize the critic’s influential and active role in discovering, promoting, and intellectually supporting groups of artists or architects. The idea of a “golden age” of criticism has thus spread, being from time to time related to the end of the 19th century, to the 1920s, and to the 1960s and 1970s.

This issue of HPA intends to collect studies devoted to historical examples of “committed” and “politicized” criticism, reflecting on the real meanings of these concepts and on the themes and subjects to which they are tied. On the one hand, the figure of “committed” critic might be linked to the art and architecture avant-gardes from the end of the 19th century onward, hence defining a privileged relationship between critic and artist/architect; on the other, “politicized” criticism can be characterized as the understanding in political terms of architectural and city phenomena. Among the questions the issue wants to address are: in which way do these definitions of “committed” and “politicized” criticism come close to or differ from the definition of “operative” criticism, in the various meanings that have been attributed to it since Manfredo Tafuri? What are the theoretical tools, the rhetorical constructions, and the intellectual and political references of “committed” and “politicized” criticism? Should the latter be necessarily bound to the author’s belonging to a party or political group? What are their principal ways of circulation (specialized periodicals, journals, targeted actions)? In which measure did “politicized” criticism influence architecture’s historical narrative? And finally, what are the interlacements and the convergences between criticism’s intellectual and artistic engagement and the political commitment?

The issue of HPA intends to include contributions dealing with specific case studies or themes, with a periodization that spans from the end of the Second World War to the present date.

 
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No 4 (2019): Mass Media and the International Spread of Post-War Architecture

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Table of Contents

 
1-5

Invited Papers

Ana Cristina Dos Santos Tostões
6-25

Focus

Ugo Rossi
26-53
Carlo Carbone
54-74
Lina Malfona
75-97
Marta Bacuzzi
98-115
Paulo Tormenta Pinto, Alexandra Saraiva, João Paulo Delgado
116-130
Carmen Rodríguez Pedret
131-162
Peter Minosh, Hunter Palmer
163-183
Alejandro Valdivieso Royo
184-208
Rebeca Merino del Río
209-229
Julio Garnica González-Bárcena
230-241
Yat Shun Juliana Kei
242-255

Reviews

Elena Trius
256-260
Raffaella Russo Spena
261-277
Salvador Guerrero López
278-283
Pedro Leão Neto
284-293