Metropolisarchitecture and Selected Essays

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In the 1920s, the urban theory of Ludwig Hilberseimer (1885-1967) redefined architecture's relationship to the city. His proposal for a high-rise city, where leisure, labor and circulation would be vertically integrated, both frightened his contemporaries and offered a trenchant critique of the dynamics of the capitalist metropolis. Hilberseimer's 'Groszstadtarchitektur' (Metropolisarchitecture) is presented here for the first time in English translation. Two additional essays frame this international cross-section of metropolitan architecture: 'Der Wille zur Architektur' (The Will to Architecture) and "Vorschlag zur City-Bebauung" (Proposal for City-Center Development). The propositions assembled here encourage us to reconsider mobility, concentration and the scale of architectural intervention in our own era of urban expansion.

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Ludwig Hilberseimer (1885-1967) was a planner, architect, critic, and educator. Born in Germany, during the 1920s he developed a series of theoretical projects for the city that remain influential today.

Richard Anderson (1980-) is Lecturer in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh. He is co-author, with Kristin Romberg, ofArchitecture in Print: Design and Debate in the Soviet Union, 1919-1935 (2005).

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