German Architecture for a Mass Audience

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Architecture - 172 pages
"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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Contents

Space
10
Simplicity
21
Spirituality
41
Spectacle
70
Postwar legacy
95
The new Berlin
115
Conclusion
137
Notes
140
Select bibliography
158
Index
169
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Page vii - Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light.
Page vii - Bright, wide workrooms, easy to oversee, undivided except as the organism of the undertaking is divided. The maximum effect with the minimum expenditure of means. The materials are concrete, iron, glass.

About the author (2000)

Kathleen James-Chakraborty is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

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