Distinctions, domesticity, inclusion: some notes about the look of things

Bruhn, Cameron. (2006). Distinctions, domesticity, inclusion: some notes about the look of things B.A. Thesis, School of Geography, Planning & Env Management, The University of Queensland.

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Author Bruhn, Cameron.
Thesis Title Distinctions, domesticity, inclusion: some notes about the look of things
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning & Env Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2006
Thesis type B.A. Thesis
Total pages 35
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract

This dissertation aims to elicit an understanding of the way the sociology of the architect limits, or guides, their hand in the use of ornament and decoration. It seeks an understanding of why things look the way they do beyond the fashion-taste axis.

This thesis is explored through three moments in architectural thinking/practice. The three moments neatly mark out the modernist project – from Paxton’s great glass cathedral for the London Exhibition of 1851 to the post-war optimism of modernism for business and government. The rubrics of medievalism, domesticity and inclusion frame the three chapters. Both polemic and built works provide the matter. Chapter one explores William Butterfield’s medievalism at All Saints’ Margaret Street in London. In chapter two the domestic interiors of Adolf Loos and Roger Fry at the turn of the century are explored through their visual metaphors. The relationship between the decorative arts and architecture practically pursued by James Birrell in mid-century Brisbane is the material of chapter three. The dissertation concludes with some notes about the look of things. This long endnote considers the “leftovers” of Modernist ideas about ornament and decoration.

Keyword Architectural thinking -- Practice
Sociology -- Architect limits

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