Other Europes: Design and Architecture in Central Europe, 1880–1956


Fall 2014


2nd Floor Classroom


Paul Stirton

This course offers a new view of European-wide tendencies in design and architecture by examining a remarkable body of work often ignored or suppressed in conventional accounts of the period. Focusing on the visual and material culture of Central Europe (in particular Hungary, Romania, Poland, and Czechoslovakia), this course will address issues of national identity, the vernacular, and modernity as expressed in a range of architecture, design, dress, and craft. Encompassing both urban and rural centers, it will explore how the particular political and cultural conditions of Central Europe influenced and shaped such design activity. Much of the course will be concerned with the movements of national romanticism and modernism and with the relationship between regional, national, and international tendencies in this politically turbulent era. 3 credits.