Ruins of modernity: Erich Mendelsohn's hat factory in Luckenwalde

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Architectural Association, 1998 - Architecture - 71 pages
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This book maps the genesis and decline of a building thought by many to represent a radical break in Mendelsohn's thinkingnbsp;-- his first step towards a rational form of expression. The reevaluation of the building also provides an opportunity for a debate on the larger issue of the conservation of modern structures. What are we to make of buildings that no longer perform their intended function? Is there a way to carry out a project of conservation that is not a literal attempt to turn back the clock, to preserve a 'dead' monument? Through texts and speculative projects, Ruins of Modernity explores possible approaches to this increasingly acute problem. The endpiecenbsp;-- a presentation of John McAslan's work on Mendelsohn and Chermayev's Bexhill Pavilionnbsp;-- documents one actual solution.

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