'Ornament and Architecture' Essay by Master Researcher

'Ornament and Architecture'
A review of the thesis 'Ornament and Architecture' by Adolf Loos.
# 86218 | 2,025 words | 5 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Architecture (European) , Architecture (General)

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A paper discussing Adolf Loos' philosophy of architecture in relation to his 'Ornament and Crime' thesis. Loos' saw utilitarian design devoid of ornamentation as needed to promote human creativity. He reacted strongly to mass produced ornament in particular and its ugly implications in terms of how human beings found a false solace in all that ornamentation might hide.

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"Adolf Loos (1870-1933) was born a stonemason's son in Brunn, Czechoslovakia. He studied for two years in the Royal and Imperial State College in Reichenberg, Bohemia, before having to serve two years in the army. He then attended the College of Technology in Dresden, for three years, studying Architecture. He went to the United States where he worked as a mason, floor layer and dishwasher, observing the society around him and admiring much of its architecture. Returning to Europe, he was employed by the architect, Carl Mayreder, and in 1898, Loos had his own practice in Vienna."

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