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Sigfried Giedion (sometimes misspelled Siegfried Giedion; 14 April 1888, Prague – 10 April 1968, Zürich) was a Bohemian-born Swiss historian and critic of architecture. His ideas and books, Space, Time and Architecture, and Mechanization Takes Command, had an important conceptual influence on the members of the Independent Group at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the 1950s. Giedion was a pupil of Heinrich Wölfflin. He was the first secretary-general of the Congrès International d'Architecture Moderne, and taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the ETH-Zurich. In Space, Time & Architecture (1941), Giedion wrote an influential standard history of modern architecture, while Mechanization Takes Command established a new kind of historiography.
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Born 14 April 1888; died 9 April 1968. Sigfried Giedion received a diploma in engineering from the Technischen Hochschule in Vienna, Austria, and studied art history in Zurich, Berlin and Munich from 1916. In 1931 Giedion, Werner Max Moser, Max Ernst Haefeli, Carl Hubacher, Emil Roth and Rudolf Steiger were commissioned by the Schweizerischen Werkbund to decorate model houses and apartments at the Werkbundsiedlung Neubühl. In 1931 he founded the Wohnbedarf AG. with Werner Max Moser and Rudolf Graber and served as director of the company in 1934. Giedion was a professor at the Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Zurich, Switzerland, from 1946. He also wrote several books amoung which include 'Space, Time and Architecture', 1941), 'Mechanization Takes Command' (1948) and 'The Eternal Present: The Beginnings of Art' (1962). Swiss architectural historian.
Swiss, Czech
Artist, Author, Director, Architectural Historian, Art Critic, Professor, Art Historian, Critic, Writer, Furniture Maker, Teacher, Art Theorist, Photographer
Sigfried Giedion, Siegfried Giedion
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