Public Lecture by Caroline Ford: The New Dwelling, Social Activism and Architectural Innovation in Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky's and Juliette Tréant-Mathé's Design of Social Housing in Interwar Europe
6pm Friday 12 July
Refreshments served from 6pm, talk commences at 6.30pm
Lecture Theatre 250, Level 2, Wilkinson Building
148 City Rd Darlington, The University of Sydney NSW 2006
ABOUT THE TALK
This lecture focuses on two women architects who were professionally trained prior to the First World War--Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and Juliette Tréant-Mathé-- whose work, in contrast to most of their female counterparts, focused on social housing in central Europe, the Soviet Union and France, and who made significant contributions to the development of modern architecture in the interwar period. It explores how and why their careers converged, while diverging so markedly from other women architects of the period (Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, and Charlotte Perriand, who never received formal architectural training). It also considers the relationship between their architectural designs and their social activism--a phenomenon that has been more effectively explored with respect to male architects in interwar Europe (for example, Bruno Taut).
A central issue is the experience of exile, which explores the theme of "distance looks back," especially in the case of Schütte-Lihotzky, who was forced to leave Germany with the rise of Nazism, sending her first to Russia with the Ernst May brigade, then to Paris, and later to Istanbul, at the invitation of Bruno Taut. The lecture is broadly framed in terms of the relationship between new hygienic as well as environmental concerns associated with the so-called "new dwelling (neue wohnung)" and architectural modernism in the 1920s and 1930s.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Caroline Ford is Professor of History and Peter H. Reill Chair in European History at the
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
A thematic conference of the European Architectural History Network, held in conjunction with the 36th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. More information on the conference theme and the full conference program is available