Dalcroze Eurhythmics and the Birth of the Modern Movement in Architecture

Dr. Gerry Adler

Deputy-head of School, Dr Gerald Adler, will be speaking at an afternoon event, ‘Dalcroze Eurhythmics and the Birth of the Modern Movement in Architecture’, organised by DOCOMOMO-UK.

Dr Adler’s talk, entitled ‘A Study in White: Eurhythmics in Dance and Architecture’.

Gerald Adler draws upon his PhD on the German Reform architect Heinrich Tessenow (1876-1950) to relate the story and significance of perhaps his greatest work, the Festival Theatre or Dalcroze Institute (1910-11) located in the garden city of Hellerau, just north of Dresden. The theatre was built as the centrepiece to the first purpose-built school of eurhythmy, run by the Swiss musician and music educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. Together with the scenographer Adolphe Appia and artist Alexander von Salzmann, Tessenow created a totally novel interior performance space, one suffused with light emanating from the wall and ceiling surfaces of the space itself, and one in which the division between ‘stage’ and ‘audience’ was abolished. Its lessons are still with us a century later.

Both Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe (before either assumed these names) had connections with the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute in the Garden City of Hellerau near Dresden immediately before the First World War, where they would have seen vigorous performances of eurhythmics put on by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, radically simple sets designed by Adolphe Appia and dramatically lit by Alexander von Salzmann,  and the cutting-edge architecture of Heinrich Tessenow. The onset of war cut off the Institute’s activities prematurely but not before many seeds had been sown, including the foundation of the Dalcroze Society  in Britain, of which this year is the centenary. The involvement of Le Corbusier and his brother Albert Jeanneret with Dalcroze continued into the 1920s and beyond, with Appia’s work arguably having a continuing influence on Le Corbusier’s. (from http://docomomo-uk.co.uk/event/dalcroze-and-hellerau-2/)

29 September 2013, 3pm, Donegal Street, Angel Islington, London, N1 9QG

Chloe Street and Gordana Fontana-Giusti are presenting at The 10th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association

Chloe Street and Gordana Fontana-Giusti from the Kent School of Architecture are presenting at; The 10th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) – Transgression.

The conference will explore the ways in which boundaries can be exceeded or subverted in order to develop new forms of architecture and architectural practice – as well as new understandings of architecture and the role architecture could play. These boundaries might be theoretical, professional, social, spatial, disciplinary, legal, historical or physical.

The conference will be hosted by the Department of Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England, Bristol on the 21-23 November 2013.

Chloe Street (Lecturer: KSA, University of Kent) and Oliver Froome-Lewis (Course Leader: CSA, University for the Creative Arts) will give a paper on their mapping and research project ‘Lea Valley Drift’:

Lea Valley Drift was formed in the Spring of 2012, and awarded funding by the LLDC ‘Emerging East’ project, in anticipation of the Olympic North Park opening in July 2013, alongside other culturally inclusive community projects. Through this commission, a pair of local maps, with walking routes, and a book, Beyond the Olympic Park, have been developed with the integration of the Olympic Park with local communities and the inauguration of the Public Park in mind. By foregrounding the analysis and interpretation of the experiential qualities of found urban space through fieldwork and re-thinking cartographic means, our maps explore adjustments to perception and use without the requirement for physical change. We contend that experience and use of public space is primarily affected by our perception of what it is for and what it might be for, and secondarily by what it physically lends itself to being.

Gordana Fontana–Giusti will give a paper on Transgression and Le Corbusier’s Journey to the East.

This paper will investigate how Le Corbusier’s Journey to the East could be considered a transgression. In contrast to the ‘Grand Tour’ travellers of the eighteenth century who searched for legacy of the classical antiquity, and distinct from the self-conscious romantic ‘adventurers’ of the nineteenth-century, Charles-Edouard  Jeanneret’s 1911 journey to the east was less grand and obsessive, while possibly even more absorbing, life-changing, transgressive and industrious.

Crit Building wins Facade of the Year Award

We are very pleased to announce that the Crit Space has won the ‘Facade of the Year’ award (organised by World Architecture News). It has been reported that this category saw fierce competition, with a wide range of entrants – the big and the small.

Opened in 2012, the Crit Space (designed by Guy Holloway Architects) provides students at the School with a high-tech learning environment which they use for their ‘critiques’. The high-resolution screens, which have been described as ‘giant i-pads’, enable students to present their ideas to a small group.

The report from World Architecture News states that ‘each judge had nothing but admiration for this shimmering, transformative addition to a formerly drab university quad, which utilises natural wind energy and thousands of dynamic aluminium flaps to elegantly reflect the constant flow of students treading the thoroughfare below’.

Professor Don Gray has commented on this award by saying: ‘I could not be more delighted that good design has been recognised in this way by such a significant international publication. Kent School of Architecture has always prided itself on the quality of provision for its students, and this represents further endorsement of our commitment.’

If you have not yet seen our time-lapse video of the Crit Space construction, then please follow this link.

The full article from WAN can be found on their website.

Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt to speak in China

University of Nanjing, China

From 7th to 16th September 2013 Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt is participating in a research forum at the University of Nanjing, China, which has been funded by the University of Cambridge – Nanjing University Centre on Architecture and Urbanism (CNRCAU). This trip will involve research workshops, lectures and field trips to industrial buildings from the early 20th century, in which sophisticated environmental strategies had been deployed. On 12 September 2013 Henrik will also give an evening Lecture at Nanjing University’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning with the title: ‘The ventilation of the British Houses of Parliament and the 19th-century experimental tradition’  and he will present at the 3rd  CNRCAU  Forum on Architectural Thinking, Nanjing, 14 September 2013.

For more information please visit the CNRCAU website.