Modernism and the Posthumanist Subject
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Modernism and the Posthumanist Subject

The Architecture of Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Hilberseimer

By K. Michael Hays

Drawing on both the work of modern theorists like Georg Lukács, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and Siegfried Kracauer, and more recent poststructuralist thought, K. Michael Hays creates an entirely new method of reading architectural production.

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Drawing on both the work of modern theorists like Georg Lukács, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and Siegfried Kracauer, and more recent poststructuralist thought, K. Michael Hays creates an entirely new method of reading architectural production.

Drawing both on the work of modern theorists like Georg Lukács, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and Siegfried Kracauer and on more recent poststructuralist thought, K. Michael Hays creates an entirely 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.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262082129 346 pp. | 8.9 in x 6 in

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$38.00 X | £30.00 ISBN: 9780262581417 346 pp. | 8.9 in x 6 in

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  • In this original, rigorous, and sophisticated study K. Michael Hays drawson European theory to illuminate the philosophical and epistemologicalassumptions of the utopian and revolutionary architectural avant-garde of the1920s and 1930s. Hays breaks new ground in identifying the gradualdisappearance of the autonomous subject as a central motif of modernarchitectural theory.

    Anson Rabinbach

    The Cooper Union

  • 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