German Architecture for a Mass Audience

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Routledge, 2000 - Architecture - 172 pages
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"Attaching modernist architecture to mass culture and to the kind of spectacle more often associated with postmodernism, this book also elucidates the way in which these abstract architectural forms were from the beginning enlivened by performances - from political pageantry to religious ritual - and the lighting that accompanied them. The author vividly illustrates the ways in which buildings designed by many of Germany's most celebrated twentieth-century architects, such as Max Berg, Bruno Taut, Peter Behrens, Otto Bartning, Dominikus Bohm, Heinrich Tessenow, Albert Speer and Hans Scharoun, were embedded in widely held beliefs about the power of architecture to influence society. Shared by architects and patrons across the political spectrum, these ideas inspired their attempts literally to build community.".

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James-Chakraborty is associate professor of architecture at university of California at Berkeley.

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