Eric Dluhosch

Eric Dluhosch is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Karel Teige / 1900–1951

    Karel Teige / 1900–1951

    L'Enfant Terrible of the Czech Modernist Avant-Garde

    Eric Dluhosch and Rostislav Svacha

    Essays on Karel Teige, the most influential figure of the Czech avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s—plus four essays by Teige translated into English for the first time.

    "Tiege was at one and the same time both an agent provocateur and seismograph, at once provoking action and debate and yet simultaneously reacting with the utmost sensitivity to the shifting political spectrum of his time." —from the introduction by Kenneth Frampton

    Karel Teige (1900–1951), a leading figure of the avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s, participated in every important argument and controversy of those turbulent years. He edited the most influential avant-garde journals on Czech and international cultural affairs and wrote profoundly original essays and books on the theory and criticism of art and architecture. He also produced paintings, collages, photomontages, film scripts, book covers, and typefaces and participated in theatrical performances.

    When the Communists took over Czechoslovakia in 1948, Teige was first hailed as a progressive, then denounced for not toeing the party line—even though he was never a card-carrying member of the Communist Party. He died a broken man, forbidden to speak out or to publish. Since the recovery of his work after the "velvet revolution" of 1989, his legacy has been revived not only in Prague, but also in Western Europe and the United States.

    Teige firmly believed in an ars una, free of the artificial separation of one branch of the arts from the other. The concept of ars una is reflected in the essays of this book, which provide intellectual riches without overly compartmentalized attempts at "academic" criticism. Because the only significant writing by Teige to appear so far in English is his well-known argument with Le Corbusier, the "Mundaneum Affair," four essays by Teige have been included.

    Contributors: Polana Bregantová, Lenka Bydzovská, Rumjana Daceva, Eric Dluhosch, Vojtech Lahoda, Miroslav Petrícek, Jr., Klaus Spechtenhauser, Karel Srp, Rostislav Svácha, Daniel Weiss.

    Published with the assistance of the Getty Grant Program.

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  • The Minimum Dwelling

    The Minimum Dwelling

    Karel Teige

    The long-awaited English-language publication of Karel Teige's influential book on the minimum dwelling as a new housing type for the working class.

    Karel Teige (1900-1951), one of the most important figures of avant-garde modernism of the 1920s and 1930s, influenced virtually every area of art, design, and urban thinking in his native Czechoslovakia. His Minimum Dwelling, originally published in Czech in 1932, and appearing now for the first time in English, is one of the landmark architectural books of the twentieth century. The Minimum Dwelling is not just a book on architecture, but also a blueprint for a new way of living. It calls for a radical rethinking of domestic space and of the role of modern architecture in the planning, design, and construction of new dwelling types for the proletariat. Teige shows how Gropius, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and others designed little more than new versions of baroque palaces, mainly for the new financial aristocracy. Teige envisioned the minimum dwelling not as a reduced version of a bourgeois apartment or rural cottage, but as a wholly new dwelling type built on the cooperation of architects, sociologists, economists, health officials, physicians, social workers, politicians, and trade unionists. The book covers many subjects that are still of great relevance. Of particular interest are Teige's rejection of traditional notions of the kitchen as the core of family-centered plans and of marriage as the foundation of modern cohabitation. He describes alternative lifestyles and new ways of cohabitation of sexes, generations, and classes. The detailed programmatic chapters on collective housing remain far ahead of current thinking, and his comments on collective dwelling presage communal living experiments of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the communal facilities in contemporary condominium buildings and retirement communities.

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  • Russia

    An Architecture for World Revolution

    El Lissitzky

    Lissitzky's book is a classic in architectural and planning theory, as well as an important document in social and intellectual history. It contains an appendix of excerpted writings by his contemporaries - M. J. Ginzburg, P. Martell, Bruno Taut, Ernst May, M. Ilyin, Wilm Stein, Martin Wagner, Hannes Meyer, Hans Schmidt, and others - all of whom illuminate the architecture and planning of Europe and Russia during the 1920s. There are over 100 plates and drawings.

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