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COLLECTIVE FOR A SOCIALIST ARCHITECTURE. Spector Books, Leipzig, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 176 pp. 27 x 20 cm. ISBN 9783959050470 In English.
Publisher's description: In an empty factory unit tucked away in Berlin's Kopenicker Strasse, The Proletarian Building Exhibition was mounted with the humblest of resources in 1931. It marked the first action by a group of revolutionary architects, builders, and students forming the Kollektiv fur sozialistisches Bauen under the architect Arthur Korn. Taking aim at modernist architects participating in the German Building Exhibition and CIAM, they cast architecture as an instrument of power, questioned capitalist solutions to the housing question, and unveiled planning approaches imported from the then-Soviet Union. A full facsimile of the exhibition manifesto/catalog and exhibition panels is featured in addition to contributing essays by contemporary architects, writers and educators, and the Collectives' Annual Report including a proposed work program and statement of intent. Historical photos are interspersed throughout providing a full reconstruction of this significant architectural and sociopolitical event.
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 173001
Paperbound $35.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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