Edvard Ravnikar: Architect and Teacher by Ales Vodopivec, Rok Znidarsic

By Ales Vodopivec, Rok Znidarsic

Ravnikar, 1907 1993, is taken into account the significant determine in Slovenia s post-WWII structure. He was once Joze Plecnik s most famed pupil. Plecnik studied lower than Otto Wagner.

Ravnikar labored for Le Corbusier in Paris as of 1939 after finishing his experiences in 1935. His thorough making plans displays Plecnik s poetic structure, whereas his formal paintings was once in accordance with Le Corbusier s imaginative and prescient of city making plans and sleek architecture.

Ravnikar was once his personal guy artistically, and wasn t merely winning as an architect. How paintings additionally made him a massive personage within the improvement of the structure division. He was once a critic and essayist for the Slovenian and overseas media. All of this motivated generations of Slovenian architects and explains why Ravnikar could be felt in just about all significant Slovenian constructions and monuments.

This monograph could be seen because the results of an exam of Ravnikar s oeuvre. It includes documentation on his structures and written paintings, in addition to contributions by means of Friedrich Achleitner, William J.R. Curtis, Friedrich Kurrent, Boris Podrecca and lots of others.

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There are no direct historical references, but the past is present in a deeper sense. Basic types such as the platform, the ceremonial gateway or the ritual space with columns, are here transformed. Without being ponderous, Ravnikar achieves gravitas. His architecture works along a knife edge between the weight and mass of traditional masonry construction, and the slenderness and planarity of modern architecture. While his architecture impresses with its intense materiality, its ambitions lie ultimate ly in an immaterial realm.

Monuments come about in particular historical circumstances but part of their function is to defy time . The words 'monument' and 'memory' share the same root and architecture may sometimes be used to rewrite history and to idealize it, encouraging the remembrance of some things , the forgetting of others. The problem in post- war Yugoslaviawas to lay the foundaAbstraction and Representation: The Memorial Co m plex at (1952-3) by Edvard Ravnikar I Kampor, on the Island ofR ab Memorial Complex at Kampor, framed viewfr om entry platform towards rows of graves with metallic identity discs and smallest 'stele'.

The sanitary conditions were subhuman, there was a starvation diet, there was forced labour, there were many epidemics and there was minimal protection from the extreme s of the weather. Old people and children began to perish first. By the time the camp was liberated in September 1943 it held more than seven thousand people. Earlier it had swelled to more than ten thou sand prisoners but some of these had been trans ferred to other camps. In the space of a little over a year almost one thousand five hundred of all age groups had died from disease, exposure or starvation.

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