New monumentality

Özten, Ülkü
أNew monumentalityؤ is a term which was first introduced to architectural discourse by Sigfried Giedion, Jose Luis Sert, and Fernand Léger right after the post-World War II in the early forties. The effect of the term comes from the polemical power of reformulation of the accustomed category أmonumentؤ within the field of the modern architecture. In this way, as it is shaped by the three authors, for the first time أNew Monumentalityؤ had been identified as a modern task under the name of Nine Points on Monumentality in 1943. Therefore, this thesis is mainly grounded on this significant text that is a primary manifestation of the need for the new monumentality. On these bases, that the manifesto is stressed an effort to determine the ethics of the post war modern architecture regarding: historicism, functionalism, and representation. This thesis seeks to clarify the self-critical frame which is unfolded by the manifesto within the context of the modern architecture. Thus, the first one of the three objectives of this thesis is to clarify the concept of new monumentality; the second one is to locate its position in the history of modern architecture; and the third one is to differentiate proposed and unintended outcomes of this movement within the contemporary discourses of architecture.


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Citation Formats
Ü. Özten, “New monumentality,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2005.