Architecture as a Synthesis of the Arts
8 lectures plus extracts and notes (CW 286)
This collection introduces Rudolf Steiner's vision of architecture as a culmination of the arts. Such architecture unites sculpture, painting, and engraving as well as drama, music and dance--a vital synthesis of all the arts working in cooperation through the common ideal of awakening us to our individuality and task in life.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Steiner's ideas did not remain abstract. Within his lifetime he was able to design and construct a number of buildings, including his architectural masterpiece, the Goetheanum--a center for culture and arts near Basle, Switzerland. In these lectures Steiner describes, with reference to the Goetheanum, the importance of an architecturally coherent and integrated community, and how this in turn affects social unity and harmony.
These lectures offer a panorama of the development of architecture in parallel with the emerging human soul in human evolution. This is a valuable collection for all students of architecture, the arts, social science, and those looking for a deeper spiritual understanding of the art of architecture.
Includes eight color plates and 30 black & white illustrations.
Architecture as a Synthesis of the Arts is a translation from German of Wege zu einem neuen Baustil. "Und der Bau wird Mensch"
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This book is very good, but requires that you have knowledge on Steiner's philosophy and ideas before hand.
Don't expect a common architecture book. This book is about human kind, and how we should relate to buildings, creating and interacting with them.
It's also important to note that it comprises different lectures about the subject that have been put together, so although they relate to the subject, they do not follow one solid, progressive, chain of thought as Steiner usually does. For the same reason some topics appear in more than one lecture, making some of them less interesting.
Having said that, the concepts and the ideas you get on this book, I don't think you can get them anywhere else. I'm not an architect, and I was able to understand in many new ways how buildings in their design, colors, and decoration relate to human condition and its purpose. Found myself asking new questions to myself, and that's important. Also I have a new perspective to look at buildings, and many things I thought great, I'm now reconsidering. That is also important.
AN ART AND ARCHITECTURE THAT REVEAL
THE TASK OF MODERN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
OUTLINE PROPOSALS FOR THE ARCHITECTURE
WAYS TO A NEW STYLE OF ARCHITECTURE