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The Decorated Diagram: Harvard Architecture And The Failure Of The Bauhaus Legacy
by Klaus Herdeg
Discusses the influence of the teachings of Walter Gropius at Harvard during the forties on modern world architecture.
Hardcover, 125 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by MIT Press (MA)
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I just finished reading Herdeg’s The Decorated Diagram of 1983 simultaneously with Tom Wolfe’s From Bauhaus to Our House of 1981 – a combination, though unplanned, has proved a very fruitful pairing. The latter is a charming and witty anti-intellectual critique of modern architecture’s banal and sterile qualities and the devastation it has wrought on American cities and landscape. Seeing through the naive stylistic labels of Wolfe, Herdeg lays the blame of the above aforementioned problems, not ...more
This represents an interesting critique of the teaching methodologies brought to The Harvard Graduate School of Design by Walter Gropius (as well as Marcel Breuer) as previously developed at the Weimar and Dessau Bauhaus. Short on the specifics of actual production within the school - excepting an Appendix composed of a few studio project descriptions and the school Bulletin from the late 1940s (a more comprehensive discussion can be found in Anthony Alfonsin's recent book The Struggle for Moder ...more