Authors/Contributors

Erhard Schütz

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

5-1990

Degree

M. ARCH II

Keywords

Neue Sachlichkeit, Germany, modern housing, scientific management, standardization, building types, construction methods, mechanical equipment, building materials, autonomous

Language

English

Disciplines

Architecture

Description/Abstract

This study represents a partial summary of the research that was conducted since 1985, beginning with a Fulbright Scholarship originally intended to investigate the American “roots” of modern housing and the work of architects of lesser prominence than the acknowledged “masters” such as Ferdinand Kramer, who had been a housing specialist of the “New Frankfurt” and who later came to the United States as a refugee. In the course of gathering material and discussing the findings, the field of investigation has widened, now addressing the development of modern housing in Europe, particularly in Germany, and in the United States of America as a result of mutual influence and exchange of knowledge. This study will demonstrate that in contrast to the common notion of an autonomous invention the development of modern architecture after WWI took place as a synthesizing process involving experiences and principles already known in Europe and abroad prior to the war.

Source

Syracuse School of Architecture 1990

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