The Transparent State: Architecture and Politics in Postwar Germany
Examining the transformation of transparency as a metaphor in West German political thought to an analogy for democratic architecture, this book questions the prevailing assumption in German architectural circles that transparency in governmental buildings can be equated with openness, accessibility and greater democracy.
The Transparent State traces the development of transparency in German political and architectural culture, tying this lineage to the relationship between culture and national identity, a connection that began before unification of the German state in the eighteenth century and continues today. The Weimar Republic and Third Reich periods are examined although the focus is on the postwar period, looking at the use of transparency in the three projects for a national parliament - the 1949 Bundestag project by Hans Schwippert, the 1992 Bundestag building by Gunter Behnisch and the 1999 Reichstag renovation by Norman Foster.
Transparency is an important issue in contemporary architectural practice; this book will appeal to both the practising architect and the architectural historian.
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Transparency in German architecture before and after
Günter Lepkowski 2 7
The quest for an open society
transparency after 1989
A metaphor for the new Germany
House of openness architecture of encounter
Behnisch Partner 6 2 6 3 6 4 6 5 6 6 6 9
Bundesbildstelle Berlin 3 2 3 3 5 12 7 2 7 24
Julia Fassbender 7 19 7 25
Biography of Hans Schwippert
Schwippert Archiv Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg 5 1 5 7 5
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Adenauer Adenauer's analogy architects Arndt aspects Barcelona Pavilion Basic Law Bauwelt Behnisch & Partner Berlin Bonn Bruno Taut building's Bundeshaus Bundestag Chancellor collective memory competition contemporary cultural debate democratic dome economic Eiermann essay esthetic exterior façade Federal Republic Figure Foster and Partners German democracy German history German political Germanisches Nationalmuseum Germany's glass architecture glass construction Günter Behnisch Hans Schwippert Ibid important interior Korn light lobby material meaning metaphor modern Moholy-Nagy myth national identity National Socialism National Socialist Neues Bauen Norman Foster Nuremberg parency parliamentary past Pavilion percent Photographer plenary chamber political identity postwar reflective Reichstag renovation represent Schwippert Archiv Second World see-through sketch society space spatial steel structure style symbol tecture Third Reich trans transparency ideology transparent glass unification visible visitor visual Wallot walls Walter Gropius Weimar Republic Werkbund West German writing Zeitung