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Das Neue Bauen für den Neuen Menschen. Zur Wandlung und Wirkung des Menschenbilds in der Architektur der 1920er Jahre in Deutschland

Poppelreuter, Tanja (2008) Das Neue Bauen für den Neuen Menschen. Zur Wandlung und Wirkung des Menschenbilds in der Architektur der 1920er Jahre in Deutschland. Olms-Weidmann. Hildesheim and New York. 282 pp ISBN 978-3-487-13571-7 [Book (authored)]

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The international publishing house Olms-Weidmann published this book (282p.) in 2008 within its long-standing program “Studien zur Kunstgeschichte” (Studies in Art History). Editions of this series are subscribed to by universities as well as public libraries and are therefore widely dispersed. The book analyses the visions that architects of the 1920s had for the future of mankind. The beginning of the 20th century saw numerous attempts at reform in many areas of culture and society. The accompanying sense of a break with the past, which only grew stronger after the First World War and the foundation of the Weimar Republic, was based on hopes for an egalitarian society and a new society that would be formed of “new people”.The search for adequate housing for these new people was central to the thinking of many architects of the 1920s and a focus for discussion about reform of the different functions of building. Houses for one or several families, collective apartment blocks, housing estates and town planning were conceived with new people in mind. Theorists and architects like Adolf Behne, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe or Ludwig Hilbersheimer took into account the knowledge of contemporary physicians, sociologists and psychologists in order to gain experience of the new housing needs and to predict the future social development of the modern individual.By focusing on the image of mankind in the New Building of the 1920s, this study examines a subject of ever-growing interest to architectural and art-historical research and can be related to literature by German-speaking architectural historians such as Wolfgang Pehnt (Cologne) and Werner Oechslin (Zurich).

Item Type:Book (authored)
Keywords:Modernism, New Man, Neues Bauen, Gropius, Hilbersheimer, Mies van der Rohe, Housing, 1920s, Weimar Republic
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:22630
Deposited By: Dr Tanja Poppelreuter
Deposited On:16 Oct 2012 09:36
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:05

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