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Adjusted Techniques by Architects Trained as Craftsmen - Cases of Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe, Peter Zumthor -
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  • Journal title : Architectural research
  • Volume 12, Issue 1,  2010, pp.33-38
  • Publisher : Architectural Institute of Korea
  • DOI : 10.5659/AIKAR.2010.12.1.33
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Adjusted Techniques by Architects Trained as Craftsmen - Cases of Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe, Peter Zumthor -
Song, Ha-Yub;
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Many theorists acknowledge that Modern architecture denied the architect`s crafty gesture for the sake of pure formal and compositional status of a building. As well, modern technology in construction has been prevailing as the sole support for modern architecture. But there exists architects who proposed a dialectic development of traditional and modern techniques. This thought was prominent in Germanic circle where technological development was in advance. Throughout century, the works of Adolf Loos, Mies Van der Rohe, and Peter Zumthor are representatives in each period. A common point begins from their apprenticeships as craftsmen: Loos and Mies as stonemasons, Zumthor as a cabinetmaker. More than this fact, their craftsmanship is embedded in their works and express creativity of architects. While mass production system raises non-participatory practice that merely require assemblage of products, the adjusted techniques with craftsmanship brings forth a participatory practice that does not limit the creativity of architects.
Adjusted Technique;Craftsman;John Ruskin;Adolf Loos;Mies van der Rohe;Peter Zumthor;
 Cited by
Adolf Loos, Spoken into The Void: Collected Essays 1897-1900, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1982)

David Leatherbarrow, The Roots of Architectural Invention: Site, Enclosure, Materials, (London: University of Cambridge, 1993)

Detlef Mertins, The Presence of Mies, (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1994)

Fritz Neumeyer, The Artless World: Mies van der Rohe on the building art,(Cambridge: MIT Press, 1991)

Peter Zumthor, Peter Zumthor works: buildings and projects 1979-1997, (Baden: Lars Muller Publishers, 1998)

Peter Zumthor, Thinking Architecture (Baden: Lars Muller Publishers, 1998)

Peter Darvey, "Zumthor the Shaman," Architectural Review, 1998, Oct, v.205, n.1220, pp.68-74