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The Long(ish) Read: "Ornament and Crime" by Adolf Loos

04:00 - 2 November, 2016
The Long(ish) Read: "Ornament and Crime" by Adolf Loos, Villa Müller (1930), Czech Republic / Adolf Loos
Villa Müller (1930), Czech Republic / Adolf Loos

Welcome to the fourth installment of The Long(ish) Read: an AD feature which presents texts written by notable essayists that resonate with contemporary architecture, interior architecture, urbanism or landscape design. Ornament and Crime began as a lecture delivered by Adolf Loos in 1910 in response to a time (the late 19th and early 20th Centuries) and a place (Vienna), in which Art Nouveau was the status quo.

Loos used the essay as a vehicle to explain his distain of "ornament" in favour of "smooth and previous surfaces," partly because the former, to him, caused objects and buildings to become unfashionable sooner, and therefore obsolete. This—the effort wasted in designing and creating superfluous ornament, that is—he saw as nothing short of a "crime." The ideas embodied in this essay were forerunners to the Modern movement, including practices that would eventually be at core of the Bauhaus in Weimar.

Why the Austrian Government's Plan to Demolish Hitler's Birth House is Contentious

04:00 - 1 November, 2016
Why the Austrian Government's Plan to Demolish Hitler's Birth House is Contentious, US soldiers photographed defacing Hitler's birth house in Braunau am Inn (1945)
US soldiers photographed defacing Hitler's birth house in Braunau am Inn (1945)

Mankind has a strange relationship with the darker elements of its history. While some argue that we must consign our greatest mistakes to the past in order to move forward, others believe that ignoring, or refusing to acknowledge, our transgressions dishonors those who suffered – and leaves us vulnerable to repeating them. This ongoing debate has found its latest incarnation in western Austria, where the national government has announced its intention to demolish a seemingly unremarkable yellow house in the riverside town of Braunau am Inn – a house which, despite its unassuming façade, has gained infamy as the birthplace of Adolf Hitler.

Motorway Maintenance Centre Salzburg / marte.marte Architekten

02:00 - 26 October, 2016
Motorway Maintenance Centre Salzburg / marte.marte Architekten, © Marc Lins
© Marc Lins

© Marc Lins © Marc Lins © Marc Lins © Marc Lins +23

Narzissenbad Aussee Spa Resort / Schulz Architektur

01:00 - 15 October, 2016
Narzissenbad Aussee Spa Resort / Schulz Architektur, Courtesy of Schulz Architektur
Courtesy of Schulz Architektur

Courtesy of Schulz Architektur Courtesy of Schulz Architektur © C. Wökinger Photography Courtesy of Schulz Architektur +17

The Enchanted Shed / Sue Architekten

05:00 - 11 October, 2016
The Enchanted Shed / Sue Architekten , © Andreas Buchberger
© Andreas Buchberger

© Andreas Buchberger © Andreas Buchberger © Andreas Buchberger © Andreas Buchberger +16

House D / Caramel Architekten + Günther Litzlbauer

02:00 - 9 October, 2016
House D / Caramel Architekten  + Günther Litzlbauer, © Christian Sperr
© Christian Sperr

© Christian Sperr © Christian Sperr © Christian Sperr © Christian Sperr +15

Haus 33 / Zoran Bodrozic

03:00 - 30 September, 2016
Haus 33 / Zoran Bodrozic, © Robert Niederl
© Robert Niederl

© Robert Niederl © Robert Niederl © Robert Niederl © Robert Niederl +23

House T / Atelier Ulrike Tinnacher

05:00 - 26 September, 2016
House T / Atelier Ulrike Tinnacher, © Simon Oberhofer
© Simon Oberhofer

© Simon Oberhofer © Simon Oberhofer © Simon Oberhofer © Simon Oberhofer +46

Garden House / Bogenfeld Architektur

13:00 - 15 September, 2016
Garden House / Bogenfeld Architektur, © Violetta Wakolbinger
© Violetta Wakolbinger

© Violetta Wakolbinger © Violetta Wakolbinger © Violetta Wakolbinger © Violetta Wakolbinger +12

Pfarrhaus Krumbach / ARGE

03:00 - 7 September, 2016
Pfarrhaus Krumbach / ARGE, © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +14

Village House / Bernardo Bader

03:00 - 29 August, 2016
Village House  / Bernardo Bader , © Günter Richard Wett
© Günter Richard Wett

© Günter Richard Wett © Günter Richard Wett © Günter Richard Wett © Günter Richard Wett +16

Schaufelschlucht Bridge / Marte.Marte Architects

05:00 - 26 August, 2016
Schaufelschlucht Bridge / Marte.Marte Architects, Courtesy of Marte Marte Architects
Courtesy of Marte Marte Architects

Courtesy of Marte Marte Architects Courtesy of Marte Marte Architects Courtesy of Marte Marte Architects Courtesy of Marte Marte Architects +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ebnit, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Arch.DI Bernhard Marte, Arch.DI Stefan Marte

House Bäumle / Bernardo Bader

03:00 - 26 August, 2016
House Bäumle / Bernardo Bader, © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +21

feld72 Wins Competition for Youth Housing in Vienna

06:00 - 24 August, 2016
feld72 Wins Competition for Youth Housing in Vienna, © RIVIERA | MORETTI
© RIVIERA | MORETTI

feld72 has won the competition for the design of the Neu Leopoldau, a Youth Living residential complex in Leopoldau, a post-industrial area on the outskirts of Vienna. Based on the idea of creating community, the project utilizes overlaying, staggered, and connected spaces and communication areas to facilitate the feeling of a village.

52 Cubic Wood / JOSEP + Atelier Haumer

02:00 - 19 August, 2016
52 Cubic Wood  / JOSEP + Atelier Haumer, © Bernhard Fiedler - JOSEP
© Bernhard Fiedler - JOSEP

© Bernhard Fiedler - JOSEP © Bernhard Fiedler - JOSEP © Bernhard Fiedler - JOSEP © Bernhard Fiedler - JOSEP +21

Bilding / studio3 - Institute for Experimental Studies UIBK

09:00 - 7 August, 2016
Bilding  / studio3 - Institute for Experimental Studies UIBK, © Günter R.Wett
© Günter R.Wett

© Günter R.Wett © Günter R.Wett © Günter R.Wett © Günter R.Wett +18

Jewels of Salzburg / Hariri & Hariri Architecture

05:00 - 3 August, 2016
Jewels of Salzburg / Hariri & Hariri Architecture, © Bryan Reinhart
© Bryan Reinhart

© Bryan Reinhart © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Bryan Reinhart +35

Getting Things Done: Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg

13:51 - 1 August, 2016
Getting Things Done: Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg, Fink Thurnher Architekten. Agrarbildungszentrum // Agricultural College, Altmünster/Upper Austria. Photo by Walter Ebenhofer
Fink Thurnher Architekten. Agrarbildungszentrum // Agricultural College, Altmünster/Upper Austria. Photo by Walter Ebenhofer

Galeri Petronas, in partnership with the Austrian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, recently launched a travelling exhibition titled “Getting Things Done : Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg”.

The exhibition features 70 panels that showcase the evolution and current state of Vorarlberg’s distinctive built environment and GALERI PETRONAS is the first Asian stop and the only venue in Malaysia to host this global-touring exhibition.