Fagus: Industrial Culture from Werkbund to Bauhaus

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Princeton Architectural Press, 2000 - Architecture - 152 pages
The Fagus Shoe-Last factory in Alfred, Germany is a seminal building in the history of modern architecture. Designed by Walter Gropius in 1911, this three-story factory was the first large structure to use a steel frame, allowing the facade to be made almost entirely of glass. This revolutionary technique set new standards for industrial construction and is still used in the building of every skyscraper. Fagus traces the history of the building from 1911, when it was designed and built, through the late 1920s, the period of final collaboration between Gropius and factory management. It also emphasizes the Bauhaus idea of industrial culture, in which architecture, interior design, graphic design, and photography were interrelated with the business philosophy of the company. This title contains the results of research in the Fagus factory archives, including original correspondence, blueprints, archival images, and ephemera such as stationery and advertisements. The photo-graphs extensively document the Fagus building from the 1920s through the 1950s.

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As the subtitle suggests, Jaeggi sees Walter Gropius's and Adolf Meyer's Fagus factory as a link between the Deutscher Werkbund and the Bauhaus, the ultimate symbol of prewar modernity in the design ... Read full review


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Dr. Annemarie Jaeggi is an assistant professor at the University of Karlsruhe.

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