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New Ways of Looking: John Ruskin's visual and textual strategies for writing a history of architecture


Chatterjee, A, New Ways of Looking: John Ruskin's visual and textual strategies for writing a history of architecture, Audience: Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 7-10 July 2011, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, pp. 1-14. ISBN 9780646558264 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The paper focuses on the conceptual notion of the audience as an idealized way of seeing or the privileging of certain visual modes to delineate that, which is meaningful in and as architecture. This is examined through an interrogation of John Ruskin's writings on architecture. While Ruskin's writings have had far-reaching effects as well as impacts on Victorian architectural practice, to the professionally trained audience they have always seemed to lack import and potency. This disconnect points to shifts in visual conventions in architectural thought. In order to identify these shifts, the paper puts forwards a series of original arguments. Ruskin's history of architecture was written exclusively on and about· fragments and surfaces. However, underneath this seemingly ad hoc and capricious method was the pursuit of planar architecture, textile analogy, and architectural hybridity. The paper interrogates these -orientations to reveal multiple visual modes of spiritualism, travel, and photography that co-exist and cooperate to inform Ruskin's development of a nineteenth century architectural ideal.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Chatterjee, A (Dr Anu Chatterjee)
ID Code:72938
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2011-09-05
Last Modified:2014-10-30

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