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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262011761 | 443 pp. | 8 x 9 in | May 2000
Paperback | $47.00 Short | £34.95 | ISBN: 9780262511308 | 443 pp. | 8 x 9 in | August 2002

Peter Behrens and a New Architecture for the Twentieth Century

About the Author

Stanford Anderson is Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


“A first-rate study, unlikely to be surpassed.”—Choice
“Reveals a profound understanding of the social and cultural context in which Behrens operated and of the crucial issues of artistic theory in early twentieth-century Germany.”—Gabriele Bryant , AA Files
“This clear and critical a welcome addition to the still rather small literature on Behrens in English.”—E. Mumford


“This book reflects a nuanced, carefully reasoned, and braodly contructed understanding of the beginnings of the last century, as viewed through the works of a widely influential and much-heralded pioneer in architecture. Anderson's astute, critical approach reveals a complexity of intention and attitude that undermines the simplicities of modernism.”
Donlyn Lyndon, Chair, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
“Peter Behrens redefined the graphic art, industrial design, and architecture of the early Modern Movement. Stanford Anderson's long awaited monograph presents Behrens' work in unprecedented depth and detail.”
Dietrich Neumann, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University
“The publication of Standford Anderson's groundbreaking study, which has existed as a fragmentary 'underground' text since the 1960s, is itself an important historical event. Peter Brehrens and a New Architecture for the twentieth Century constructs a critical history of Brehrens's continuously evolving concept of modern architecture. The result is an absorbing history of intellectual and artistic formation that not only uncovers the theoretical and philisophical roots of modernism itself in a century of German thought, but provides a penetrating analysis of the way in which one of the great 'form-givers' of early twentieth century architecture- and of architects generally- thought and designed.”
Eve Blau, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University