Making a New World: Architecture and Communities in Interwar Europe

Making a New World: Architecture and Communities in Interwar Europe


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Making a New World: Architecture and Communities in Interwar Europe by Rajesh Heynickx

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 reformers 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 individuals were hoping to create a universe in which their communal dream could become a reality. The contributions to this richly illustrated volume draw the contours of this new world by analysing its foundations and working mechanisms at its heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789058679093
Publisher: Leuven University Press
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Series: KADOC Artes Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rajesh Heynickx teaches Art History at Universiteit Antwerpen and Sint-Lucas Architectuur Gent-Brussel.

Table of Contents


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


Introduction by Rajesh Heynickx

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

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

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

Modernity and Community. A Difficult Combination by Hilde Heynen


Introduction by Marieke Kuipers

Model Homes for Working Class Urban Living by Stuart Evans

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

Negotiated Modernism. British Suburbia between the Wars by Barry Curtis

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


Introduction by Elizabeth Darling

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

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

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

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


Introduction by Tom Avermaete and Rajesh Heynickx

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

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

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

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

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