Traces the Racial Charge of the Architectural Writings of Five Modern Theorists
This book considers the effects of colonialism, travel, and globalization on the development of modern architecture in Germany from the 1850s until the 1930s. Osayimwese argues that the rise of a new modern language of architecture within Germany during this period was shaped by the country’s colonial and neo-colonial entanglements. Since architectural developments in nineteenth-century Germany are typically understood as crucial to the evolution of architecture worldwide in the twentieth century, this book globalizes the history of modern architecture at its founding moment.
A focused examination of hospital design in the United States from the 1870s through the 1940s. This understudied period witnessed profound changes in hospitals as they shifted from last charitable resorts for the sick poor to premiere locations of cutting-edge medical treatment for all classes, and from low-rise decentralized facilities to high-rise centralized structures.
Kathryn E. O’Rourke offers a new interpretation of the development of modern architecture in the Mexican capital, showing close links between design, evolving understandings of national architectural history, folk art, and social reform.
Zeynep Kezer offers a critical account of how the built environment mediated Turkey’s transition from a pluralistic (multiethnic and multireligious) empire into a modern, homogenized nation-state following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I.
This book depicts the evolution of domestic space and the meaning of home during the twentieth century. The chapters initially discuss topics that include modernization, design, housing policy, utopias, and future forms of living that affected domestic life. The book then analyzes the basic functional units within the home, interpreting each unit according to its essential social and cultural characteristics: the corridor (public/private); living room (comfort); kitchen (gender); bathroom (hygiene); and bedroom (intimacy). Overall, the book offers a fascinating glimpse at how the twentieth century changed the functionalities and aesthetics of domestic environments across Eastern Europe, Europe, the Soviet Union, and the United States.
This edited collection offers a unique perspective on twentieth-century architectural history, disputing the primacy placed on individuals in the design and planning process and instead looking to the larger influences of politics, culture, economics, and globalization to uncover the roots of how our built environment evolves.