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Bruno Taut and the Architecture of Activism


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List of illustrations; Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Roots of Activism: 1. Reformism and Expressionism; 2. Bruno Taut: 1900-1914; Part II. 1914-1918: The Foundations of Activist Architecture: 3. Pacifism; 4. Regeneration; 5. Chiliastic expectations - the Gemeinschaft; 6. Geist and Volk; 7. The role of the activist; 8. The rationalism of intuition; 9. The new city and the resonance of Geist and Volk; Part III. November 1918-April 1919. Activism and Political Engagement: 11. The Politischer Rat geistiger Arbeiter and the Arbeitrat fur Kunst; 12. The politics of decentralisation; 13. The AFK, December 1918-April 1919; Part IV. April 1919-December 1920: 14. The AFK under Walter Gropius; 15. The Ausstellung fur unbekannte Architekten; 16. Taut and the Proletkult; 17. Taut's literary activity in the summer of 1919; 18. The Bund fur proletarische Kultur; 19. the Werkbund conference: September 1919; 20. Autumn and winter 1919: unrealised projects; 21. The Glaserne Kett; 22. Taut and the theatre; 23. The end of an avant-garde; Conclusion; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Sources of illustrations; Index.

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This book explores Bruno Taut, a leading architectural theorist in Germany, and the modern architectural movement between 1914-1920.

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