Architecture in Exile: Austrian Influences on the Modern American Period
Architecture in Exile: Austrian Influences on the Modern American Period (Organa) is one of the best titles we’ve seen. To begin with, it strikes a perfect balance between the breadth and depth of information it contains – a rare combination in CD-ROMs. From architects most Americans would recognize (like Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Gropius) to those whose work they might know even if the names aren’t familiar (like Victor Gruen, developer of the modern shopping mall) to the more obscure (Bernard Rudofsky), this disc covers every important ?migr? artist and architect that built upon, or influenced, the American landscape. Architects, designers, artists, trends, and connections are all present and accounted for, and all are easily explored. You will particularly appreciate the variety of ways you can investigate these topics, with an array of links and side-topics available for the asking. In fact, exploring this disc is even more rewarding the second time around. Architecture in Exile makes wonderful use of the CD-ROM format, with a constantly shifting collage of imagery, video, interviews, text, and music. The layering of information is both striking and effective. So is the interface; the use of typography and period photography is superb. One caveat: those not familiar with architectural (and art) history may feel lost, because the program makes no attempt to explain what came before or after the events it covers. This is not to imply that the disc is heavily flawed. Architecture in Exile simply focuses, laser-like, on the topic at hand.
– May 1996, Art