Reto Geiser

Sigfried Giedion (1888–1968) was one of the main protagonists of the architectural avant-garde in Europe, and yet he paradoxically achieved this reputation in America. Nearly all of Giedion’s books written after his stay at Harvard University were published in English before they became available in German. Reto Geiser sheds light on Giedion’s life and reassesses his work through the lens of cultural transformation and modernization processes. Geiser questions the unbroken line of developments portrayed in the historiography of modern architecture and argues that Giedion’s position in between two cultural spheres not only caused ruptures and contradictions in his work but also productively shaped its reception on both sides of the Atlantic.


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