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Modernism and the Posthumanist Subject : The Architecture of Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Hilberseimer - K. Michael Hays

Modernism and the Posthumanist Subject

The Architecture of Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Hilberseimer

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This text draws both on the work of modern theorists like Georg Lukacs, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno and Siegfried Kracauer and on the more recent poststructuralist thought to create a new method of reading architectural production. The author argues that a rigorously articulated "posthumanist" position was actually developed in the modernist architecture of Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Hilberseimer. The book reinterprets their buildings, projects and writings as constructions of this new category of subjectivity.

"In this original, rigorous, and sophisticated study K. Michael Hays draws on European theory to illuminate the philosophical and epistemological assumptions of the utopian and revolutionary architectural avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. Hays breaks new ground in identifying the gradual disappearance of the autonomous subject as a central motif of modern architectural theory." --Anson Rabinbach, The Cooper Union

Introductionp. 3
Hannes Meyer and the Radicalization of Perceptionp. 23
Co-Op Vitrine and the Representation of Mass Productionp. 25
Contra the Bourgeois Interior: Co-Op Zimmerp. 55
Co-Op Building Between Avant Garde and Instrumentalization: The Petersschulep. 83
The Bauhaus and the Radicalization of Buildingp. 121
Reproduction and Negation: The Cognitive Project of Neue Sachlichkeitp. 149
Ludwig Hilberseimer and the Inscription of the Paranoid Subjectp. 185
The Crisis of Humanism, the Dissolution of the Objectp. 187
Hope beyond Chaos: Expressionism and Dadaismp. 213
Groszstadtarchitektur and Weimar-stimmung: The Construction of the Paranoid Subjectp. 241
Conclusion: Posthumanism and Postmodernismp. 279
Notesp. 290
Illustration Creditsp. 330
Indexp. 332
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ISBN: 9780262581417
ISBN-10: 0262581418
Series: Modernism and the Posthumanist Subject
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 3rd May 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 14.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Type: New edition