German Architecture for a Mass Audience
Using a social approach to explain the formal aspects of early 20th-century architecture, this book demonstrates that the move away from historical styles and towards an engagement with space was predicted in part by a shift in the public for architecture. By the 1910s German archite cts and their patrons addressed the working and lower middle classes in buildings which they hoped would, by being experienced in the same way regardless of social station, help transcend the countries deep polical divisions. 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 form the beginning enlivened by performances - from political pageantry to religious ritual - and the lighting that accompanied them.
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Page vii - Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light.