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On rigor /
9H ; edited by Richard Burdett and Wilfried Wang.
imprint
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1989.
description
188 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
ISBN
0262521385
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1989.
isbn
0262521385
general note
Includes English translation of Heinrich Tessenow's Hausbau und dergleich.
catalogue key
5070912
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-07:
Although the introduction to this scholarly publication suggests that its purpose is a comparison of the architectural careers of Heinrich Tessenow and Eileen Gray, its 19 essays cover a much broader range of work of both historical and contemporary architects, their theories, and their buildings. The intention is to analyze architects whose work is both theoretical and specific, those who can engage in theoretical discussion of principle but who at the same time distance themselves from it through their response to site and cultural context. The book includes the first English translation of Tessenow's 1916 short book on architectural theory, Hausbau und Dergleichen (House-building and Such Things), presented here not only because it characterizes the theoretical formulations of the modern movement, but also, according to architect Giorgio Grassi, because it "represents a lesson in architecture that is eminently contemporary." Grassi's essay "Architecture as Craft" and another, titled "Tessenow's Architecture as National Allegory" by Michael Hays, provide excellent discussions of Tessenow's work in relation to the social and political context of Germany after WW I. There is a series of short articles with analysis and photographs of buildings by contemporary European and US architects whose work is informed by both principle and practice. The book closes with four essays on the architecture of Eileen Gray, a contemporary of Tessenow, who began her career as a furniture designer in Paris, and who then began designing houses in the International style, sharing with Tessenow the conviction that architecture should possess a crystalline purity achieved through a reduction to forms of the simplest and clearest manifestation. The book is well illustrated, including color photographs of the work of contemporary architects. No bibliography, but each essay contains extensive reference notes. -J. W. Stamper, University of Notre Dame
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Summaries
Main Description
In this book selected contemporary architects and critics focus on the theme of rigor in architecture. They investigate the difficulties in sustaining the clarity of a design idea from its inception to the final details and the corresponding difficulty the critic has in tracing this process. A project section includes the work of emerging practitioners from Europe and the United States. The book concludes with a section on the work of Eileen Gray and Heinrich Tessenow. Translations of writings by the two architects are included, notably Tessenow's book Of House Building and Such Things along with appraisals of their projects by commissioned authors. Distributed for the 9H Gallery.
Main Description
In this book selected contemporary architects and critics focus on the theme of rigor in architecture. They investigate the difficulties in sustaining the clarity of a design idea from its inception to the final details and the corresponding difficulty the critic has in tracing this process. A project section includes the work of emerging practitioners from Europe and the United States. The book concludes with a section on the work of Eileen Gray and Heinrich Tessenow. Translations of writings by the two architects are included, notably Tessenow's book Of House Building and Such Thingsalong with appraisals of their projects by commissioned authors. Distributed for the 9H Gallery.
Table of Contents
Editorialp. 5
Introduction to Heinrich Tessenow's "House-building and such Things"p. 6
House-building and such Thingsp. 9
Architecture as Craftp. 34
Tessenow's Architecture as National Allegory: Critique of Capitalism or Protofascism?p. 34
On Rigourp. 72
Storage Warehousep. 74
Municipal Libraryp. 76
Bathroom and Kitchenp. 80
A Housep. 82
A Public Gardenp. 88
A Museum and a Libraryp. 94
Scogin, Elam & Bray
A House and the Waterside Innp. 104
Clark & Menafee
Municipal Stadium and Private aPartmentp. 110
Centre for Problem Childrenp. 114
The Developed Surface: an Equiry into the Brief Life of an Eighteenth Century Drawing Techniquep. 120
Eileen Gray: an Introductionp. 148
Eileen Gray and Le Corbusierp. 150
La Pellep. 154
L'Etoile du Sud -- L'Etoile du Nordp. 164
Book Receivedp. 188
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