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    Architecture and truth in fin-de-siècle Vienna

    Topp, Leslie (2004) Architecture and truth in fin-de-siècle Vienna. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521822756.

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    Book synopsis: This 2004 book examines one of the key notions of modernist architecture as it was formulated in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century. Providing a close analysis of four major buildings - Olbrich's Secession Building, Hoffmann's Purkersdorf Sanatorium, Wagner's Postal Savings Bank, and Loos's Michaelerplatz building - Leslie Topp investigates how 'truth' could be interpreted in a variety of ways, including truth to purpose, symbolist or ideal truth, and ethical notions of authenticity. Drawing on newly uncovered archival materials, Topp offers an interpretation of familiar buildings that are shown to encompass utopianism, hyper-rationality, and subjectivism. She also explores the connections between Viennese modern architecture and contemporary painting, psychiatry, fashion, labor issues, and anti-Semitic politics. New archival research yielding original interpretations on 4 canonical buildings First book to examine the notion of truth in architectures with attention to social and cultural context Explores connections between architecture and painting, psychiatry, labor issues, banking, fashion and anti-Semitic politics


    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 16:53
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:44


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