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Architectures of Life-Building in the Twentieth Century: Russia, Germany, Sweden
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Aesthetics. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9467-3019
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The modernist concept of life-building as an architectural method for improving the conditions of everyday life originated in Europe during the 1920s. This book explores three modes of functionalism by way of a comparative analysis of both the theoretical discourses and architectural practices associated with functionalism in Russia, Germany, and Sweden. These three countries made significant contributions to the application of functionalism within mass housing construction, the overarching purpose of which was to transform the traditional home into a rational living space.

This study provides both close readings of foundational modernist texts as well as an empirical study of the avant-garde heritage in Russia, Germany, and Sweden. As a special case study, a visual analysis of IKEA catalogues is presented, the purpose of which is to provide an illustrated history of modernist aesthetics within mass-produced living spaces, from the era of functionalism up to the present day.

Abstract [sv]

Det modernistiska begreppet livsbyggande, som en arkitektonisk metod för att förbättra vardagslivets villkor, uppstod i Europa under 1920-talet. Denna bok undersöker tre former av funktionalism via en komparativ analys av teoretiska diskurser såväl som arkitekturpraktiker i Ryssland, Tyskland och Sverige. Dessa tre länder gjorde viktiga bidrag till funktionalismens tillämpning inom storskalig bostadsproduktion, med det övergripande syftet att förvandla det traditionella hemmet till en rationell bostad.

Denna studie innehåller både närläsningar av grundläggande teoretiska texter inom modernismen och en empirisk studie av avantgardets arv i Ryssland, Tyskland och Sverige. En speciell fallstudie utgörs av en bildanalys av IKEA:s kataloger, med syftet att ge en historia i bild av modernismens estetik inom storskalig bostadsproduktion från funktionalismen till idag.

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Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2018. , p. 510
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Södertörn Doctoral Dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 160
Keywords [en]
architecture of the twentieth century, modernism, Soviet avantgarde, functionalism, constructivism, life-building, Russia, Germany, Sweden, urban theory, IKEA, living space, everyday life, home
Keywords [ru]
Архитектура двадцатого века, жизнестроение, авангард, модернизм, функционализм, ИКЕЯ
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Philosophy Arts
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36766ISBN: 978-91-88663-52-8 (print)ISBN: 978-91-88663-53-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-36766DiVA, id: diva2:1263164
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2018-12-07, MB 503, Alfred Nobels Allé 7, Huddinge, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-11-16 Created: 2018-11-14 Last updated: 2018-11-22Bibliographically approved

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