Willem Marinus Dudok, A Dutch Modernist

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Overview

This self-taught Dutch architect was among the most widely copied architects of the 1930s and 1940s. His international influence is all the more amazing when one considers that most of his architecture was built in the provincial town of Hilversum. Travel, word-of-mouth, and literature spread the news of his humane, modern approach to building design. The more than 1,200 bibliographic entries in this work are presented alphabetically by decades and further by genres. Each is summarized, described, and evaluated in the context of a critical overview of Dudok's career. Architectural scholars and students will profit from this comprehensive guide to the international literature on one of the most emulated champions of modern architecture.

For too long, much was made in the English-language architectural literature of Germany's pioneer role in developing Modernism. That contribution was undeniably valuable, but the Dutch were unfairly overlooked; however, Dudok's work was not. Hilversum became a magnet for young foreign architects in the 1930s. He cast his spell upon much of continental Europe, the United States and Britain, and throughout the 1940s his style was so widely mimicked that a new adjective was coined: dudoky. This volume will reintroduce the importance of Dudok's work to today's scholars and students.

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Architect Dudok (1884-1974) spent most of his professional life serving as a parochial municipal architect in Hilversum, Holland, yet was arguably one of the most copied European architects of his era. This volume begins with an introductory essay describing his life and work followed by a chronologically ordered annotated bibliography of the international literature. The last two sections provide a guide to the major archival sources and a chronological list of Dudok's architectural works. Includes b&w photographs and a few drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

DONALD LANGMEAD is Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Faculty of Aert, Architecture, and Design at the University of South Australia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Readers' Guide

Dudok: An Evaluation

Annotated Bibliography

Guide to Archives

List of Works

Index of Personal Names

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