Ruins are fundamentally hybrid things architectonic objects originally defined by human intentionality, but disfigured and deprived of their function by time and the elements, they are mixtures of nature and culture the definition of ruins as hybrids is not entirely new in a well-known 1911 essay, “the ruin,” georg simmel. Thus, contrary to the ruin, which is accidental, inharmonious, and may relate purely and simply to an absurd form, the fragment results from a project and, consequently, has a character in an “essay on aesthetics”, from 1907, about ruins (die ruine ein ästhetischer versuch), georg simmel also established a difference. At the beginning of the 20th century georg simmel evoked precisely this concept of ruins in his essay die ruine (1911), in which he analysed architectonic constructions in a ruined state and the way they undermine the project of modernity and its grand narrations if architecture implies a formal project of bringing synthesis. Of ruin philosophy from burke and diderot to simmel and benjamin, with particular modernity contingency fedor tiutchev edmund burke denis diderot hegel georg simmel walter benjamin what is a ruin by definition, this artefact resists neat delimitation as it results from the in his famous 1907 essay “on the. The area flooded, and the center of the colosseum remained a lake for five years jean charles pradinel, after félix philippoteaux, “chateaubriand and pauline de beaumont in the ruin of the colosseum,” illustration from memoires d' outretombe in his essay of 1911, “the ruin,” the german sociologist georg simmel.
Georg simmel, in his 1907 essay, “the ruins,” analyses how an architectural structure sooner or later enters into a dialectic struggle with nature nature avenges the violence perpetrated against it by producing its own work, which deconstructs the work of man he writes: “the fascination of ruins rests upon. Edited by brian dillon, these essays and extracts plot a journey through the development of our current obsession with ruins an early highlight is german sociologist georg simmel's essay the ruin(1911), perhaps the best condensation of the romantic theory of the ruin as a moment of sublime equilibrium between man's. The latter contained italo calvino's itinerant stone half-city, the definitive measures of doing and undoing, of structure and decay of georg simmel, paul virilio and anthony vidler, and rebecca solnit's 'amnesiac landscape', among others dillon's collected essays in objects in this mirror (2014), are not. Comparison with the writing of sociologist georg simmel on ruins, time and death death, jacques derrida, life, georg simmel, temporality essay 'the ruin' simmel's essay is about the already of death it has already happened the ruins are traces not only of the civilization of the past but also of its.
Photographs by filippo poli | essay by martí peran on expo dismantling — transfer in the context of modernity, the last praises of the ruin were sung by georg simmel, paraphrasing the kantian aesthetic: ruins have to be perceived as a human footprint that nonetheless seems like a product of nature. Simmel, georg, two essays: the handle, and the ruin, hudson review, 11:3 (l958:autumn) p 371 georg simmel two essays the handle modern theories fartstrongly emphasize that the essential o task of painting and sculpture is the depiction of the spatial organization of things assenting readily to.
The value of benjamin's ruin-reading becomes especially evident in comparison to the more limited neo-romantic claims of georg simmel's famous 1911 essay the ruin simmel revives both the schillerian and the hegelian idealist dialectic of “spirit” and “nature,” of human mental agency and a material realm that is at. Aalto's work by thinking about landscape and ruins through the idea of chora, seen variously as a matter of in 1907 philosopher and social scientist georg simmel wrote on ruins and landscape: when we speak of living room' essay26 and after world war ii in the ruins of greece, which he visited in the 1950s chora.
At the beginning of the 20th century, georg simmel formulated a theory of ruins that resonates with contemporary preoccupations according to simmel, ruins are the opposite of the perfect moment pregnant with potentialities they reveal in “ retrospect” what this epiphanic moment had in “prospect”4 yet they do not merely. Anthem companion to georg simmel, (anthem, 2015) frames, handles and landscapes: georg simmel and the aesthetic ecology of simmel, georg 1965c 'the ruin' in kurt h wolff (ed) georg simmel: essays on sociology, philosophy and aesthetics new york: harper torchbooks: 259-266.