Making a New World

Architecture & Communities in Interwar Europe

Rajesh Heynickx (Editor), Tom Avermaete (Editor),

Series: KADOC-Artes 13

Category: Architecture and Urban Planning, History, History 1800-present

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058679093

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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Number of pages: 252

Size: 280 x 225 x 20 mm

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Study of the foundations and working mechanisms of modern communities

In the changing world of interwar Europe a longing for stability rose to the surface of social life. Newly developed neighbourhoods and buildings were designed to create the healing community that many people were dreaming of. Various social groups with nationalist, ideological, or religious agendas made this concept of community a cornerstone in their framework and appropriated it to prescribe the relations between architecture and modernity. Making a New World analyses the various ways in which these relations were determined.

Most activists/entities encountered the potentialities of modernity, such as technology or mass media, in an accommodating way. In a broad spectrum of actions and proposals – from art exhibitions to séances, photo reports to roof tiles, landscapes to sanitation – these reformists were hoping to create a universe in which their communal dream could become a reality. The 17 contributions to this richly illustrated volume draw the contours of this new world by analysing its foundations and working mechanisms at its heart.

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Rajesh Heynickx and Tom Avermaete
Community as a Prism. Re-aligning the Architectural Theory and Practice of the Interwar Period


Rajesh Heynickx

Thomas Rohkrämer
German Cultural Criticism. The Desire for a Sense of Place and Community

David Matless
Communities of Landscape. Nation, Locality and Modernity in Interwar England

Michiel Dehaene
The (Il)legible City. Civic Survey and the Imagined Community

Hilde Heynen
Modernity and Community. A Difficult Combination


Marieke Kuipers

Stuart Evans
Model Homes for Working Class Urban Living

Martin Kohlrausch
‘Houses of Glass’. Modern Architecture and the Idea of Community in Poland, 1925-1944

Barry Curtis
Negotiated Modernism. British Suburbia between the Wars

Kenny Cupers
Making Camp. Landscape and Community in the Interwar German Youth Movements


Elizabeth Darling

Elizabeth Darling
Nuclei of a Genuine Urban Life. Bringing the Country to the City in 1930s London

Tom Avermaete
Building Internal Colonies. Play, Form and Youth Environments in Interwar France

Hansjakob Ziemer
Modernizing Musical Spaces. Music Halls and Utopian Communities in Frankfurt am Main, 1900-1930

Marieke Kuipers
Colonizing Fresh Air. Community and Reform in Dutch Vacation Colonies and De Vonk


Tom Avermaete & Rajesh Heynickx

Bruno Notteboom
Images of the Countryside. Landscape, Village and Community in the Discourse of Belgian Farmers

Rajesh Heynickx
A Law of Inertia. The Tower as Site and Symbol in Interwar Flanders

Nader Vossoughian
The Sociology of the City. Otto Neurath and the Concept of Gemeinwirtschaft

Charles van den Heuvel
Envisioning Knowledge Architectures for a World Society. Paul Otlet’s Architectural and Epistemic Design Strategies


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Rajesh Heynickx

Rajesh Heynickx is intellectual historian at KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture.

Tom Avermaete

Tom Avermaete is associate professor of architecture at Delft University with a special research interest in the post-war public realm and the architecture of the city in Western and non-Western contexts.

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