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18:30 17 January 2012

Inaugural Lecture - Frederic J. Schwartz: Architecture and Crime: Adolf Loos and the Culture of the ‘Case’


Gustave Tuck lecture theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

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Frederic J. Schwartz, UCL Department of History of Art

The Austrian architect Adolf Loos, author of the modernist polemic ‘Ornament and Crime’ (1910), was involved in two widely publicized criminal trials during his career. An investigation of his encounters with criminality suggests that his experiences with the press and the courts had implications for both his architectural practice and theory. The publicity surrounding scandals and criminal cases in fin-de-siecle Vienna provided opportunities for the debate of matters of general importance at the time of a deteriorating public sphere. Loos’s architecture, scandals and controversies offer unparalleled insight into the changing configurations of the public at the time.


Felicity Stafford
f.stafford@ucl.ac.uk | +44 (0)207 679 1350


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Frederic Schwartz