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Spaces for the elevated personal life. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s concept of the dweller: 1926-1930

Poppelreuter, Tanja (2016) Spaces for the elevated personal life. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s concept of the dweller: 1926-1930. In: 16th International Conference in Irish-German Studies: Connections in Motion: Dance in Irish and German Literature, Film and Culture, School of Architecture, University of Limerick, 31 October - 1 November 2016. Taylor & Francis. 9 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Within the discourse that sought to develop housing during the inter-war era in Germany, standardisation was regarded as a means with which to create adequate solutions for the working class. Housing needs were subsumed into a set amount of common denominators that led to beliefs that the design of the house would alter and enhance the conduct of the inhabitant. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s declaration in the catalogue of the 1927 housing exhibition in Stuttgart-Weißenhof, that standardisation, while suitable as a means must never be the goal of architecture, bespeaks of his critical view towards such normative solutions and attempts to coerce the dweller towards a prescribed way of living. In consulting the writings of a number of contemporary philosophers and critics, Mies was able to develop an alternative understanding of the dweller. The book Body – Soul – Unity by the psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn provided Mies with a way of thinking about the inhabitant not as a human being whose lifestyle had to be remediated, but as one who is confident and in harmony with the world. The concept of man and worldview as outlined in Body – Soul – Unity was one of the fundamental intellectual tools that helped Mies in developing his spatial designs of the late 1920s.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Modernism, Space, dweller, Mies van der Rohe
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > The Belfast School of Architecture
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:36148
Deposited By: Dr Tanja Poppelreuter
Deposited On:21 Oct 2016 17:22
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:26

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