Inaugural lecture by Peter Thule Kristensen: HISTORY WITHOUT HISTORICISM - Svenn Eske Kristensen and the continuity project.
In architecture, historical references have always been essential, though modernism has partly promoted itself as anti-historicist. However, Peter Thule Kristensen’s recent research on the Danish modernist architect Svenn Eske Kristensen (1905-2000) shows how elements from historical architecture were systematically used in order to evoke a feeling of continuity in the post-war industrial society of the Danish Welfare State.
With Eske Kristensen as a point of departure, the lecture discusses how architects can work with historical references, thereby achieving a “strangely familiar” contemporarity. The lecture is part of the master programme Spatial Design’s international lecture series and is also the inaugural lecture for Peter Thule Kristensen, who recently received a chair as professor in history of architecture and interiors at the Institute of Architecture and Design, KADK.
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