Weissenhof 1927 and the Modern Movement in Architecture

Richard Pommer and Christian F. Otto

Weissenhof 1927 and the Modern Movement in Architecture
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Richard Pommer and Christian F. Otto

328 pages | 4 p. of color plates, 116 p. of halftones | © 1991
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9780226675152 Published February 1991
In the summer of 1927, in a suburb of Stuttgart, an exhibition housing settlement built by sixteen of the leading architects of the Modern Movement opended to the public. Greeted as a major event by advocates and opponents of the new architecture, the Weissenhof Siedling continues to excite strong interest. This unusally cohesive yet varied group of apartment buildings, row houses, and single-family houses—hailed by Philip Johnson as "the most important group of buildings in modern architecture"—remains a critical project in the history of twentieth-century architecture. Richard Pommer and Christian F. Otto offer a comprehensive account of Weissenhof in relation to the emergence and reception of modern architecture in the 1920s.

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List of Illustrations
1. Forming an Avant-Garde: Berlin and Stuttgart
2. Housing and Politics in Stuttgart, 1919-1926
3. Backroom Negotiations, 1925
4. The Political Reception of Mies's Projects, 1925-1926
5. From Mathildenhöhe to Weissenhof
6. Choosing the Architects
7. Building the Siedlung, April 1926-October 1927
8. "Rationalization" and "Standardization"
9. The Architecture of the Siedlung
10. The Single-Family Houses
11. The Apartment Buildings by Mies and Behrens
12. The Row Houses by Oud and Stam
13. Furniture and Interiors
14. Proclaiming Weissenhof: Werkbund Management of the Press
15. The Aftermath in Stuttgart and Germany
16. Weissenhof and the Politics of the International Style
Appendix A. Chronology of the Projects
Appendix B. Lists of Architects
Appendix C. The Costs of the Weissenhofsiedlung
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