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Oskar Hansen - Opening Modernism

On Open Form Architecture, Art and Didactics

Edited by Aleksandra Kędziorek and Łukasz Ronduda
Following an international conference organized at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in 2013, Oskar Hansen—Opening Modernism analyzes diverse aspects of the architectural, theoretical, and didactical oeuvre of Oskar Hansen, who was the Polish member of Team 10, a group of architects that challenged standard views of urbanism more than fifty years ago. In chronicling the impact of Hansen’s theory of “Open Form” on architecture, urban planning, experimental film, and visual arts in postwar Poland, this volume traces the flow of architectural ideas in a Europe divided by the Cold War. Through discussions of the ideas of openness and participation in state-socialist economies, Oskar Hansen—Opening Modernism offers new insights into exhibition design and the interrelations of architecture, visual arts, and the state.

20 color plates, 100 halftones | 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2014

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“I am convinced that the introduction of the oeuvre of Hansen to the international debate, as aimed for by the conference held at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, will break new ground in the discourse of the history of modern architecture and open up new fields of enquiry for current research and historiography.”

Dirk van den Heuvel | Delft University of Technology

Table of Contents

The Open Form in Architecture—the Art of the Great Number
Oskar Hansen, Zofia Hansen
Aleksandra Kedziorek, Lukasz Ronduda
Politics of Scale
Oskar Hansen’s Radical Humanism: Open Form Against a Cold War Background
Joan Ockman
Team 10 East: The Socialist State as an Architectural Project
Lukasz Stanek
LCS, or What Is a City?
Andrzej Szczerski
PREVI: Experimental Housing Project in Lima
Aleksandra Kedziorek
Architecture of Events
Space Educates
Felicity D. Scott
The Polish Radio Experimental Studio
Lukasz Mojsak
The Studio Theater
Aleksandra Kedziorek
Architects on the Fringe: Polish Exhibition Design After 1945
Tomasz Fudala
Open Form, Public Sculpture and the Counter-Memorial: Encounters Between Henry Moore and Oskar Hansen
Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius
House as Open Form
Visiting the Hansens
Aleksandra Kedziorek
Art and Open Form
The Didactics of Oskar Hansen
Jola Cola
Adaptation Proposal for the Seat of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts’ Faculty of Sculpture
Aleksandra Kedziorek
Visual Games
Lukasz Ronduda
You Live and You Learn: Open Form Put to the Test
Karol Sienkiewicz
Walking with Hansen
David Crowley
Oskar Hansen: a Biography
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