The Last Dwelling Before the Last: Siegfried Kracauer’s Critical Contribution to the Modernist Housing Debate in Weimar Germany

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Title
The Last Dwelling Before the Last: Siegfried Kracauer’s Critical Contribution to the Modernist Housing Debate in Weimar Germany
Journal
New German Critique
Author(s)
von Arburg Hans-Georg
ISSN
0094-033X (Print)
1558-1462 (Online)
Publication state
Published
Issued date
19/11/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
47/3
Number
141
Pages
99-140
Language
english
Abstract
In early twentieth-century Germany a population explosion in its big cities created a housing crisis. A widespread and heavily medialized debate prompted a search for solutions and triggered a rhetoric of the last dwelling. From large communal estates to subsistence-level dwellings, a new type of housing was propagated in newspapers, magazines, exhibitions, films, guidebooks, and advertisements. Siegfried Kracauer, architect, journalist, and author, also became engaged in this debate, willfully reinterpreting New Objectivity’s aesthetics of things (Dingästhetik) both in architectural critiques for the Frankfurter Zeitung and in his novel Ginster. This article analyzes Kracauer’s critical contribution to the modernist housing debate in the Weimar Republic.
Keywords
architecture, housing, functionalism, New Objectivity, material culture
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