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Franz Bittenbinder

http://fbittenbinder.com

Baubergerstraße 14, München, Germany
Franz Bittenbinder is a German-Hungarian architect based in Munich working at HENN architects. He is a co-founder of the research collective GruppoTorto, whose articles appeared in various architectural journals such as Studio, Trans, and MONU. In 2018, his work has been featured at the Dutch contribution for the Architecture Biennale as well as at the Unfolding Pavilion in Venice. Currently, he is focusing on the urban transformation of Budapest as an external researcher.

Hungarian Rhapsodies of Functionalism


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

Hungarian Rhapsodies of Functionalism


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
Functionalism is not a movement but a recurrent narrative which continues to shape our future.
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  • Systemic changes

Panofsky's oeuvre reminds us that changing the perspective is a precious yet scarcely executed exercise. He did no less than subverting the idea of 'Renaissance' as a singularity with a striking statement: There was not one but many 'Renaissances'.

His case resembles emerging tendencies in architecture which point out recurrences beyond established categories, instead of 'anchoring' topics in time and space. ‘Functionalism’, which will most likely experience a revival in the centennial of the Bauhaus, offers, hereby, a suitable playground for reflection: Could functionalism possibly be reassessed as recurrent narrative – as consecutive functionalisms?

The idea is to liberate the notion from historicizing straitjackets through the lens of non-Western environments. The text will be, hence, based on the Hungarian case tracing experimental architecture in the 30s, socialist housing in the 60s and contemporary urbanisation tendencies, which have materialised in rapid succession.

Hungarian Rhapsodies of Functionalism


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant

Hungarian Rhapsodies of Functionalism


FINAL_FINAL | First dpr-barcelona Writing Grant
Functionalism is not a movement but a recurrent narrative which continues to shape our future.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Panofsky's oeuvre reminds us that changing the perspective is a precious yet scarcely executed exercise. He did no less than subverting the idea of 'Renaissance' as a singularity with a striking statement: There was not one but many 'Renaissances'.

His case resembles emerging tendencies in architecture which point out recurrences beyond established categories, instead of 'anchoring' topics in time and space. ‘Functionalism’, which will most likely experience a revival in the centennial of the Bauhaus, offers, hereby, a suitable playground for reflection: Could functionalism possibly be reassessed as recurrent narrative – as consecutive functionalisms?

The idea is to liberate the notion from historicizing straitjackets through the lens of non-Western environments. The text will be, hence, based on the Hungarian case tracing experimental architecture in the 30s, socialist housing in the 60s and contemporary urbanisation tendencies, which have materialised in rapid succession.


Idea by

Franz Bittenbinder
Baubergerstraße 14
München
Germany
Franz Bittenbinder is a German-Hungarian architect based in Munich working at HENN architects. He is a co-founder of the research collective GruppoTorto, whose articles appeared in various architectural journals such as Studio, Trans, and MONU. In 2018, his work has been featured at the Dutch contribution for the Architecture Biennale as well as at the Unfolding Pavilion in Venice. Currently, he is focusing on the urban transformation of Budapest as an external researcher.