Erik Champion

Interactive History & Digital Culture

Book in preparation “Organic Design in Twentieth-Century Nordic Architecture”

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Yes I know I don’t normally write in architectural history (any more) but this research gave me a great deal of insight into place design and virtual space non-place design. Even though the first draft is not due to August next year, I’d just like to thank Routledge for allowing me the chance to publish in this area.

I wrote this book because I realised there was very little of critical import on what organic really means (it is often used as a compliment or a criticism without an explanation). I did not know why Nordic architects seldom featured in global architectural history books and yet those who visited their buildings were in such admiration. Indeed I also wanted to explore how Nordic architects could incorporate modernism without turning their backs on earlier styles and traditions, for they were seldom either modernist or postmodernist.

The Broad Theme/ back cover:

Can a communicable and thus useful definition of ‘Organic Architecture’ be made? In this book I say yes, there is both a practical and therefore useful definition of ‘Organic Architecture’ if we view it as an attempt to thematically unify the built environment through the allegorical expression of on-going interaction between the designer and the forces of flux and change in the real world.

I have focused on the works and writings of major twentieth-century architects of Nordic countries structured around three major premises:

  • The most prominent architects of the four major Nordic countries were influenced by similar principles.
  • The works of these prominent architects can be seen as evolving from several major ideas traceable thought their buildings.
  • From the ideology of their writings these architects made explicit claims as to the existence of such ideas in their work.
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