By analyzing ten examples of buildings that embody the human experience at an extraordinary level, this book clarifies the central importance of the role of function in architecture as a generative force in determining built form. Using familiar twentieth-century buildings as case studies, the authors present these from a new perspective, based on their functional design concepts. Here Grabow and Spreckelmeyer expand the definition of human use to that of an art form by re-evaluating these buildings from an aesthetic and ecological view of function.
Each building is described from the point of view of a major functional concept or idea of human use which then spreads out and influences the spatial organization, built form and structure. In doing so each building is presented as an exemplar that reaches beyond the pragmatic concerns of a narrow program and demonstrates how functional concepts can inspire great design, evoke archetypal human experience and help us to understand how architecture embodies the deeper purposes and meanings of everyday life.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Art of Use Foreword: The Use of Art Juhani Pallasmaa 1. Introduction 2. The Architecture of Health: The Paimio Sanatorium 3. The Shape of Work: The Larkin Office Building 4. Homo Ludens: The Amsterdam Orphanage 5. The Form of Commerce: The National Farmers Bank 6. The Structure of Memory: The Trenton Bath House 7. The Function of Wisdom: Mount Angel Abbey Library 8. An Architecture for Liberal Religion: Unity Temple 9. Street-Corner Musicians: The Berlin Philharmonie 10. Pictures at an Exhibition: The Louisiana Museum 11. Community and Privacy: Siedlung Halen 12. Conclusion Acknowledgments Bibliography Illustration Credits Index
Stephen Grabow is Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Fulbright Commission. He was educated in architecture at the University of Michigan and at Pratt Institute, in landscape architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and holds a doctorate in urban planning from the University of Washington.
Kent Spreckelmeyer is Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the recipient of a Kemper Teaching Fellowship and numerous grants in the field of healthcare planning. He was educated in architecture at the University of Kansas and at University College, London and holds a doctorate in architecture from the University of Michigan.