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Modernism and the Postmodernist Subject: The Architecture of Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Hilberseimer

Hayes, K. Michael

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ISBN 10: 0262082128 / ISBN 13: 9780262082129
Published by The MIT Press
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0262082128 The MIT Press; Cambridge, 1992. Hardcover. Fine in a Fine, slight handing wear, Dustwrapper. A nice, clean unmarked copy. 8vo[octavo or aprx 6 x 9 inches], indexed, black and white photograhs, 336pp. We pack securely and ship daily with delivery confirmation on every book. The picture on the listing page is of the actual book for sale. Additional Scan(s) are available for any item, please inquire. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1010649

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Title: Modernism and the Postmodernist Subject: The...

Publisher: The MIT Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Drawing on both the work of modern theorists like Georg Lukacs, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and Siegfried Kracauer, and more recent poststructuralist thought, K. Michael Hays creates a new method of reading architectural production. Challenging much of the traditional wisdom about modernism and the avant-garde, Hays argues that a rigorously articulated "posthumanist" position was actually developed in the modernist architecture of Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Hilberseimer. He reinterprets their buildings, projects, and writings as constructions of this new category of subjectivity. Posthumanism is an aesthetic and epistemological response to technological modernization. It embraces the anti-individualist consequences of technological progress and, in the case of Hannes Meyer, attempts to turn the perceptual effects of modernity to explicitly collectivist sociopolitical ends. But, as the case of Hilberseimer shows, posthumanism also harbours a contradiction - the ecstatic surrender of the subject to the very forces that assure its dissolution. Situating his analysis within the wider domain of artistic practices and the history of the subject - as well as in relation to architects such as Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, and Le Corbusier - Hays raises questions of relevance to contemporary arguments about the ideological underpinnings of urban and architectural projects long rejected as antihumanist.


- Anson Rabinbach, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art In this original, rigorous, and sophisticated study K. Michael Hays draws on European theory to illuminate the philosophical and epistemological assumptions of the utopian and revolutionary architectural avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. Hays breaks new ground in identifying the gradual disappearance of the autonomous subject as a central motif of modern architectural history."- Anson Rabinbach, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

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