The New York Five / Postmodernism / Architecture & Popular Culture

Reading: Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, “On Ducks and Decoration” (1968)


Essay by Daria Dubois

As Gilbert Lupfer and Paul Sigel noted in their 2004 book, Gropius. 1883–1969. The Promoter of New Form, “Thus the Houses for the Bauhaus Masters served as a practical experiment with Gropius’s building block principle (Baukasten im Großen)..The building block principle was meant to allow, depending on the number and the needs of the inhabitants, for the assembly of different ‘machines for living.’” Gropius explained, “All six of these houses are the same but different in the impression they make. Simplification through multiplication means quicker, cheaper building.”

BAUHAUS FACULTY HOUSING

The concept of Bauhaus was born…


In the United States alone, air pollution from burning fossil fuels is linked to an estimated $610 billion in economic losses annually including costs for disability, asthma, preterm births, sick leaves, child deaths, and adult deaths. Since the working-age for countries like the United States is between 15 to 64 years old, it means that government spends most of its money on supporting children before 15 and elderly after 64, which shows how critical child death rate to the economics of the country. In the US there is an estimate of 230,000 premature deaths that happen annually. …


in the intersection of behavioral changes and technological

Florida standing at the very end of the list of states by the energy consumption per capita doesn't stop on it. In 2017 the Department of Transportation made Orlando a proving ground for autonomous vehicles and in 2021 the city was selected for American Dream 2021 program in expanding homeownership that supports new buyers in ways to save money while promoting renewable energy usage. It provides owners with a discounted mortgage and renewable electricity at zero cost. The program was designed to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions and savings not only…


1. Introduction

When addressing the issue of mobility in cities, it is vital to gain a firm understanding of current conditions to inform the development of technology, infrastructure, or public policy solutions. Modern cities have thrived because of mobility innovations; we would all still be commuting on foot or riding horses if it weren’t for the railway and the car (Wegener 2013). While these mobility modes have improved quality of life and access to resources both within and outside of cities, they have also allowed people, retail outlets, and service providers to spread across great distances.

These notes outline current mobility modes…


Walter Gropius

The concept of Bauhaus was born after the first world war, the concept of artists and craftsmen uniting in the creation of a new architecture of the future, the concept of simplicity, rationalism, and beauty. The Bauhaus Faculty Housing in Dessau, in a sense, was an extension of the Bauhaus school itself and an object of experimentation and research. The houses were a representation of a new approach by Walter Gropius in solving a housing shortage after the war. His main idea was the use of prefabricated elements of the structure available due to innovative progress in architecture…


Where does modern architecture stand now, nearly 90 years after the International Exhibition of 1932? Still being based on similar principles, the architectural vision has been transformed, shifting away from visual concepts and prioritizing its purpose. Following the practices of the founders of the Modern Style, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and J.J.P. Oud, a new generation of architects created not only exceptionally modern-looking entities but buildings that are problem-solving and even innovative solutions. German-trained architect Francis Kere, using his study, constructed a primary school in Gando, the city he was born in. …


by Walter Gropius, 1919

  • First: How does Gropius build on the debate between Herman Muthesius and Henry Van der Welde from the 1914 Deutscher Werkbund meeting which you read about for the last forum? What role does he see for the crafts in the future? Does he lean more towards Muthesius’s argument or Van der Welde’s?
  • Second: (For those of you in the architecture program especially) Take a look at the original “Range of Instruction” for the Bauhaus (pp 52–53) and compare it to your own curriculum at City Tech — what are the similarities? what are the differences? …

Analysis of the statements and comparison.

Muthesius’s main idea was the standardization of a German-style. He defends that only through standardization Germany can reach universal significance and acknowledgement it’s good taste in foreign countries. He also believed that a creative approach to what has been already achieved is the most urgent task of the age. He believed that Werkbund, as an association of artists, industrialists, and merchants, must concentrate on creating the preconditions for the export of its industrial arts. …

Daria Dubois

Creative Director | Creative Tech Lead

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