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The Decorated Diagram: Harvard Architecture And The Failure Of The Bauhaus Legacy

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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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Geoffrey
Feb 24, 2009 Geoffrey rated it it was amazing
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
Michael
Oct 23, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it
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
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May 19, 2013 jw468 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent example of architectural criticism.
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