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"Imhotep Phidias Antonio le Corridor" : an interpretation of the work of Russell Hall


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Katalin, Máthé 2001 , '"Imhotep Phidias Antonio le Corridor" : an interpretation of the work of Russell Hall', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The dilemma that stems from the desire to benefit from the potential
offered by contemporary advancements on the one hand, and the
responsibility of safeguarding cultural heritage on the other, has been
puzzling philosophers, theoreticians and practising architects with increasing
intensity during the past few decades. Critical Regionalism which takes an
interpretation of Paul Ricoeur's theories presented in his essay Universal
Civilisation and National Cultures (1961) as its philosophical basis, has been
viewed as a viable approach in architecture to overcome this problem.
Russell Hall is considered as a remarkable Queensland architect working
within a Critical Regionalist paradigm.
However, an interpretation of Hall's approach in terms of Critical
Regionalism does not sufficiently reveal the personal philosophy and ideals
in which his solutions are grounded. A broader interpretation of Hall's work is
offered through an analysis of Ricoeur's theory, which provides a concept of
the 'creative individual', who, through experiments and inventions gives
impulse to cultural dynamism and thus contributes to the renewal and
survival of a culture This concept is illustrated by the ideas and careers of
four individuals: Antoni Gaudi, Constantin Brancusi, Le Corbusier and
Richard Buckminster Fuller. Their individualistic and innovative approach in
art and architecture is shared by Hall, whose thoughts and aims as well as
his buildings and objects are explored in the latter part of the thesis.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Katalin, Máthé
Keywords: Hall, Russell, Architects, Architecture, Modern
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Thesis (M.Arch.)--University of Tasmania, 2001. Includes bibliographical references

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