Ravnikar’s intellectual horizon apart from foreign role models

author: Aleš Vodopivec, Faculty of architecture, University of Ljubljana
published: Dec. 1, 2015,   recorded: November 2015,   views: 1337


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In the 1950’s and 1960’s Ravnikar was one of the leading protagonists of modernistic architecture in the former Yugoslavia. At a time when there were always new interpretations of Le Corbusier’s Unites appearing along the Adriatic coast, in Zagreb and Belgrade, Ravnikar looked for his own cultural and creative roots apart from foreign role models. Although he worked with Le Corbusier, he accepted foreign influences with reservations. He was striving for architecture that is a unique synthesis of universal principles and regional particularities. For him architecture was the result of life philosophy. According to William Curtis “The architecture and thought of Edvard Ravnikar cannot be reduced to simplistic schemes of historical development”.

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