Only gradually has the point of view asserted itself that modernism does not supersede the history of architecture. While earlier, the conceptualized notion of an opposition between the modern and history still prevailed, it seems to have grown increasingly evident that the modern movement ought to be regarded simply as a continuation of architectural history. By the same token, there can hardly be persuasive arguments concerning architecture that would vindicate those who rely upon a modernity that is detached from history – nor those who want to take up and build upon the history that preceded modernism: modernity is history. And architecture – it should never have ceased reflecting upon its historical past – meaning, however, its entire history, its continuing history. With its exclusive and initially radical claims to the future, the modern movement in architecture even now seems at times to retain its credibility, so that we too could still perhaps participate in the what appears to be the endlessly protracted zero hour of a putative new beginning. In the interior of this loop, however, are found neither path nor goal, nor even a future that is always yet to be redeemed. The word ‘future’ itself already gives rise to unease, its use is best avoided whenever possible. Which future, then is being referred to? Is there even a single future – assuming we want to attribute collective connotations to the concept? Does architecture have a future? At some point in the past, this promised future, and architecture along with it, seem to have become lost, leaving behind only a contagious sense of doubt. The future of architecture has become uncertain...
Author: Uwe Schröder
Title: Die Moderne ist Geschichte
In: in: Claudia Kromrei (Hg.), Deutsche Werbund Ausstellung Venedig 2014
Band: Deutsche Ausgabe
Publishing House: jovis Verlag
Page(s): S. 240-253
News: this is modern. Deutsche Werkbund Ausstellung Venedig 2014, Ausstellungsbeteiligung von Uwe Schröder