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Bernard Rudofsky is international known by his book Architecture Without Bernadbut he was also a pioneer working as artist, exhibition curator and designer, critic, and fashion designer. Born inhe lived until Rudofsky earned a doctorate in architecture in Austria before working in Germany, Italy, and a dozen other countries.

In the s, he temporarily settled in Brazil and opened an architectural practice there. He is best remembered today for a number of urbane books that still provide relevant design insight that is concealed in entertaining, subversive sarcasm.

His interests ranged from vernacular architecture to Japanese toilets and sandal design.

Bernrd together, his written work constitutes a sustained argument for humane and sensible design. Following years of global travel, Rudofsky concluded that people in Western society had lost their spontaneity and innate ability to design houses, clothing, and shoes that liberated, rather than restricted, the body. He wrote in Architectural history, as written and taught in the Western world, has never been concerned with more than a few select cultures.

In terms of space it comprises but a small part of the globe -Europe, stretches of Egypt and Anatolia- or little more than was known in the second century AD. Moreover, the evolution of architecture is usually dealt with only in its late phases. Rudofsky understood that he could reach a broader audience through exhibitions than through books.


His provocative displays attracted a significant amount of attention and controversy during his lifetime. Andres Sevtsuk from the MIT writes the story with these words: The photographs displayed rudimentary forms of earth-bound architecture that had grown in the course of time without any involvement of administrating architects or planners, yet contained obviously complex and high quality forms of design.

It was ironic to encounter such a show at an institution dedicated to the achievement of Modern art and architecture. Architecture, unlike chemistry, biology and other sciences, tolerates free and creative thinking ; these characteristic are really present in Rudofskys ideals.

He believed this cultural inertia had profoundly negative sociological and physical consequences, against modern forms of architectural education, Rudofsky advocated a return to spontaneity, play, and instinct. As a result, he devoted his life to exposing the West to foreign architectural paradigms, unfamiliar customs, and evolving attitudes about the body and fashion.

Rudofsky used this photograph to show how modern shoes do not match the shape of the human foot. He explored Europe and Asia Minor as a student from tomoved to South America in the late s, and settled in New York in He made a large number of drawings, watercolors, and photographs during his journeys:.

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We can finish quoting Rudofsky, when he said: After reading some excerpts from some of his later architecture lectures you really get the feeling of how strongly antagonist he begnard this exhibition to be. Rudofsky seems to be one of her projects. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


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