“Good” and “bad,” “wrong” and “right”: such juxtapositions are characteristic of many publications by Heimatschutz (home protection), an international cultural reform movement that also took root in Austria around 1900 as a reaction to the changes befalling both land- and cityscape. In Graz the “Verein für Heimatschutz in Steiermark” (Association for Home Protection in Styria), founded in 1909, still exists today—though it has since been renamed as “BauKultur Steiermark” (BuildingCulture Styria). An interdisciplinary team of authors cites this local association in exploring the home protection agendas that changed over the course of the twentieth century. This transpired in the context of a national and regional quest for identity and (cultural-)political cooperative relationships, but also of historical entanglements and international architectural discourse. Extract
Antje Senarclens de Grancy teaches and conducts research in the Institute of Architectural Theory, Art History and Cultural Studies at Graz University of Technology.