Shaping the Great City exhibition

Client: Canadian Centre for Architecture
Location: Montreal / Canada
Year: 2000
Supervision: Horst Campman


The exhibition explores the role of city-building throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire, both before and after its dissolution, and expands architectural history by bringing to the fore a rich variety of modernisms. In the years surrounding World War I, these strains of modernism both reflected and shaped the many national and multinational identities of the Habsburg lands.

To evoke a sense of the cultural and political ferment of Central Europe between 1890 and 1937, the exhibition is organized on the model of bustling streets and busy public places in which projections of slides and early films mingle with architectural drawings and models, photographs, posters, and books.