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Architekturzentrum Wien eds.

Birkhauser, 2007
304 pages
236 illustrations, 71 in colour
ISBN: 9783764383602

'What we need is not a new way of building but a new way of living' (subtitle of one of Rudofsky's last works).

Setting out from the assumption that the design of every single room in a house is based on a physical function: one place to lie the body down to rest, another to take in food, a third to step into a tub to bath, Bernard Rudofsky (1905-1988) believed architecture served to stimulate the senses and refine everyday culture. His conception of architecture and design is more topical today than ever. Internationally renowned in his day for the exhibitions he created for MoMA in the 1940s and 1950s, today he is remembered above all for his sharp-tongued, witty writings, which still speak to a broad audience. 'Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky' is more than a collection of essays by experts and introduction to the complex concept of architecture and living of a cosmopolitan and unconventional thinker; the rich visual material conveys his philosophy: 'I believe that sensory pleasure should take precedence over intellectual pleasure in art and architecture.'


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