Originally published in 1956, this book provides a non-technical analysis of contemporary building by on the of the world’s greatest architects. Published a few years after the end of WW2, it was an inspiring and constructive picture of what kind of living could lie ahead for Western industrial society. This book, the result of many year in the forefront of architectural experiment and achievement by the author, outlines in practical terms the road to improved existence through science, mass production in building and renewed emphasis on the individual.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Education of Architects and Designers 1. Approach 2. My Conception of the Bauhaus Idea 3. Is There Science in Design? 4. Blueprint of an Architect’s Education Part 2: The Contemporary Architect 5. Appraisal of the Development of Modern Architecture 6. Archaeology or Architecture for Contemporary Buildings? 7. The Architect Within Our Industrial Society 8. Architect – Servant or Leader? Part 3: Planning and Housing 9. CIAM 1928-1953 10. Sociological Premises for the Minimum Dwelling of Urban Industrial Populations 11. Houses, Walk-Ups or High-Rise Apartment Blocks? 12. Organic Neighbourhood Planning 13. Problems of the ‘Core’ (Community Centre) 14. Housing Industry 15. A Way Out of the Housing Confusion Part 4: Scope of Total Architecture.
Walter Gropius was one of the pioneers of Modernist Architecture and the founder of the Bauhaus School.