Rudolph Schindler’s Church School Lecture on ‘Form Creation’ (1916): A Preliminary Reading
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AbstractThe primary aim of this paper is to contribute to the task of identifying and discussing the original ideas put forward by Rudolph Schindler in his writings. This paper examines a lecture on ‘Form Creation’ given by Schindler in 1916, the notes for which have survived in an unpublished manuscript (the ‘Church School Lectures’) in the University of California, Santa Barbara Archive. Containing notes for 11 lectures, this manuscript contains Schindler’s most extended and theoretical discussions on architecture. This paper offers the first transcription of the lecture, and provides a commentary that contextualizes Schindler’s thought at this period. Schindler’s views represent important advances on the architectural thinking developed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Adolf Loos: (1) Design thinking about form as the shape of matter and space involves a two-step process of “Form Conception” (geometric concerns) and “Form Creation” (material concerns) (2) Highlighting the role of machines and machine-based processes and then investigating their implications for the older understandings of what rooms should be. (3) A novel argument that positions the machine as something operating between meaning and technique.
Acceptance Date17/04/2018
All Author(s) ListJames Curry, Stanislaus Fung
Name of ConferenceHistoriographies of Technology and Architecture: The 35th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand
Start Date of Conference04/07/2018
End Date of Conference07/07/2018
Place of ConferenceWellington
Country/Region of ConferenceNew Zealand
Proceedings TitleHistoriographies of Technology and Architecture: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand
PublisherSociety of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand
Place of PublicationWellington, New Zealand
Pages58 - 77
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsRudolph Schindler, Form, Materiality, Modernism

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