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The architecture of social reform

Housing, tradition, and German Modernism

By Isabel Rousset

The architecture of social reform
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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5968-7
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: Design and material culture, Art History, History of architecture, Art & Design Styles: Modernist Design & Bauhaus, HISTORY / Europe / Germany, The arts / History of architecture, ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Residential, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
  • Series: Studies in Design and Material Culture

Description

The architecture of social reform explores the fascinating intellectual origins of modern architecture's obsession with domesticity. Copiously illustrated, Rousset's revealing analysis demonstrates how questions over aesthetics, style, urbanization, and technology that gripped the modernist imagination were deeply ingrained in a larger concern to reform society through housing. The increasing demand for new housing in Germany's rapidly growing cities fostered critical exchanges between a heterogeneous group of actors, including architects, urban theorists, planners, and social scientists, who called for society to be freed from class antagonism through the provision of good, modest, traditionally-minded domestic design. Offering a compelling account of architecture's ability to act socially, the book provocatively argues that architectural theory underwent its most critical epistemological transformation in relation to the dynamics of modern class politics long before the arrival of the avant-garde.

Contents

Introduction
1 Building from the inside out
2 The interiorisation of life
3 Streets for movement, streets for dwelling
4 The culture of the visible
Conclusion
Index

Author

Isabel Rousset teaches architectural history at Curtin University

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