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

Tanja Poppelreuter

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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).
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationHildesheim and New York
    PublisherOlms Weidmann
    Number of pages282
    ISBN (Print)978-3-487-13571-7
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jan 2008


    • Modernism
    • New Man
    • Neues Bauen
    • Gropius
    • Hilbersheimer
    • Mies van der Rohe
    • Housing
    • 1920s
    • Weimar Republic


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