Architecture: An Introductory Reader

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Rudolf Steiner Press, 2003 - Architecture - 274 pages
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Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities including education both general and special agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion, and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms, and many other organizations based on his ideas.

Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct spiritual research, the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life.

Topics include:
  • the origins and nature of architecture
  • the formative influence of architectural forms
  • the history of architecture in the light of human spiritual evolution
  • new architecture as a means of uniting with spiritual forces
  • art and architecture as manifestations of spiritual realities
  • metamorphosis in architecture
  • aspects of a new form of architecture
  • the first and second Goetheanum buildings
  • the architecture of a community in Dornach
  • the temple is the human being
  • the restoration of the lost temple
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Contents

Introduction by Andrew Beard
1
A New Architecture as a Means of Uniting
54
Art and Architecture as Manifestations
77
Metamorphosis in Architecture
97
Aspects of a New Architecture
125
Rudolf Steiner on the First Goetheanum
148
The Second Goetheanum Building
184
The Architecture of a Community in Dornach
192
underlying esoteric aspects
213
The Restoration of the Lost Temple
234
Notes
253
Bibliography
267
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About the author (2003)

Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

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