A Political History of Post-WWII Architecture in Europe: From De-Nazification to Globalization
At present, when most new buildings in our cities are huge glass boxes, it is hard to make out what they mean. Only a few decades ago, it was easier to decipher our cities. Has architecture lost the connection to public and private life that made us feel at home among buildings?
This book explores the meanings that appear when architecture is observed from a political perspective. It examines how architecture has mirrored the political events and developments in Europe since the end of the Second World War, which have brought significant changes to this continent’s constitution. This analysis will show how architecture is ingrained in our lives and what meanings are generated from this relationship.
Hans Rudolf Morgenthaler studied Art History at the University of Zürich, Switzerland and at Stanford University, where he received his PhD in 1984. He is Professor Emeritus in the College of Architecture and Planning of the University of Colorado Denver, where he taught architectural history lecture courses and seminars in 20th-century architectural history and theory. His main research interests lie in 20th-century Central European architecture, with a special emphasis on theoretical questions. Within this field, he focuses particularly on interdisciplinary projects which investigate architecture as a part of culture. In 2015, he published a book in which empathy is used to generate new interpretations and understanding of Modern buildings.
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