German Architecture for a Mass Audience

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Architecture - 172 pages
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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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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.

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

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