Anthony Alofsin

Architektur beim Wort nehmen [Taking architecture at its word]

The language of architecture in the Habsburg Empire and its successor states

"Taking architecture at its word" examines the varied but under-rated architecture of the latter period of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy and its successor states. Anthony Alofsin demonstrates how, in these exceptional circumstances towards the end of the 19th and in the early 20th century, several disparate styles were employed. He argues that all these building styles communicate with us in a way reminiscent of the expressive resources of language.
Alofsin explains a wide range of types of building, including theatres, crematoria, residential buildings, industrial buildings, sanatoria and banks, presenting a new approach for interpreting the language of architecture. He invites us to look at buildings in two ways: with regard to formal elements, and taking into consideration the political, social and cultural context.
Through Alofsin's eyes, the reader recognises how various nations were at pains to express their autonomy by exploring the inexhaustible possibilities of different styles of art and architecture. Architecture can tell us about the contradictory problems which confronted parts of the former Habsburg empire. The author presents an amazing aspect of Central European cultural history.

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Details zum Buch
Pages 320
Illustrations colour illustrations
Format 22 x 28 cm
Binding Hardcover with dust jacket
Price € 49,95
ISBN 978-3-7025-0630-8
Language German

Categories: Architecture | History