Between Walls and Windows Architektur und Ideologie

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Edited by: Valerie Smith Contributions: Kader Attia, Georg Diez, Terence Gower, Valeria Luiselli, Lytle Shaw, Ivan Vladislavic u.a., Markus Miessen, Marko Sancanin Graphic Design: NODE Berlin Oslo German, English 2012, 280 Pages, 271 Ills. Softcover 290mm x 220mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3474-5
| Architecture = Ideology? The House of World Cultures in Berlin

In 1958, the United States presented West Berlin with a congress hall, a “beacon of freedom transmitting its rays toward the East,” as its architect, Hugh Stubbins, defined his work. Today, the building accommodates the House of World Cultures, and the ideology of the Cold War has given way to intercultural rapprochement. What role did architecture play in this? How do buildings and lifestyles affect milieus, habits, attitudes, and morals? This publication is a collection of analyses, ideas, and literary narratives on the question of whether architecture can influence people, encourage them to pursue freedom, and empower them as citizens. Artists, photographers, architects, and writers address the richly historical House of World Cultures, creating a concept of architecture that contrasts global tendencies toward uniformity with the charm of regional characteristics, supplemented with texts by Adalbert Stifter, Jenny Erpenbeck, Tom McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, Georges Perec, and others.