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From Bauhaus to Our House by Tom Wolfe
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Jan 14, 2008

it was amazing

Unlike Tom Wolfe's other books, "From Bauhaus to Our House" is concise. It's a smart and funny clinical dissection of the stepwise process of thinking, political ideology and over-thinking that shaped modern architecture.

Wolfe also describes the screechingly funny dangers of ideology and grad school bull sessions let loose in the real world. Best example: the story of how minimalism--inspired by a worker-oriented socialist aesthetic--devasted construction workers in America.

As it turns out, the decadent flourishes ("wedding cake architecture") so much despised by modern architects was an important source of employment for, uh, actual workers.

And when the architecture was streamlined, so were so many job opportunities.

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