The Post-war University
Utopianist Campus and College
By (author) Stefan Muthesius
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Post-war University by Stefan Muthesius
Book DescriptionA great expansion of universities in most of Western Europe and North America began in the late 1950s and continued to the early 1970s. In this comprehensive book, architectural historian Stefan Muthesius examines the post-war educational building boom and the rhetoric that surrounded it. He focuses on the period's widely shared utopianist beliefs that good planning and distinguished architecture could bring forth not only academically mature but also socially adjusted citizens. The book describes the diverse approaches to the creation of new campuses in the United States, England, Canada, West Germany, and France, as each country dealt with the agendas of its own educators, sociologists, politicians, campus planners, and architects. Muthesius explores the full range of responses to the utopian dreams, from the initial boundless enthusiasm for the new university as an ideal and total environment, to the rejection by rebellious students for whom utopian plans smacked of paternalism, to the public's dislike of extravagant architecture and modernist buildings. As university planners today address the need (or lack of it) for new buildings, this book offers a timely reconsideration of architectural achievement in a period of intense institutionality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300087178
(246mm x 171mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 12-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stefan Muthesius
Poetic Home, Hardback (February 2009)
Examines the Western domestic interior from the 1800s to the mid-1890s. This book considers the design of the interior as a whole, making use of original 19th century texts and images to reveal what the designers, producers, shops and clients actually thought about the business of conjuring up romanticized interiors.
Edwardian House, Paperback (July 1993)
Covers the most prolific house-building period in British history, resulting in the growth of the leafy middle-class suburb. The first part looks at Edwardian society, and the second part looks in more detail at the enormous range of decorative fittings available, the cultural, technical and economic reasons behind the design choices made.
Victorian Architecture, Paperback (June 1978)» View all books by Stefan Muthesius
Explores the interplay of social forms, technological advances, and creative achievements that gave rise to various building types in the Victorian age.
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Author Biography - Stefan Muthesius
Stefan Muthesius teaches in the School of World Art Studies and Museology at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of many books and is coauthor with Miles Glendinning of Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, published by Yale University Press.
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