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The Advanced School of Collective Feeling

The Advanced School of Collective Feeling

Inhabiting Modern Physical Culture 1926-38

By (author) Nile Greenberg
By (author) Matthew Kennedy


Publishing 14th Jun 2021
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    • Documents the reconstruction of a little-known visionary concept by renowned Swiss architect Hannes Meyer that has left a lasting mark on modern, domestic aesthetic
    • Features a contemporary reconstruction of Meyer's Advanced School of Collective Feeling
    • Demonstrates the concept's significance for contemporary architecture and design
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    In 1928 Swiss architect Hannes Meyer (1889-1954) succeeded Walter Gropius as director of the Bauhaus in Dessau, where he had started teaching at the Architecture Department the previous year. Yet allegations of communist activity in the volatile political climate of the Weimar Republic lead to Meyer's dismissal in 1930. During his tenure at Bauhaus Meyer proposed the concept of the 'Advanced School of Collective Feeling'. It was based on his belief that the gymnasium was overtaking the museum as the great public space. American architects and designers Matthew Kennedy and Nile Greenberg have undertaken a reconstruction of Meyer's 1928 concept by building models, redrawing plans and examining types of activity that took place in the context of this experiment which had been little discussed at the time. Kennedy and Greenberg believe that this series of houses, apartments and exhibitions, merging physical culture with the home, left an indelieble mark on the modern, domestic aesthetic as we know it. Their new book brings to light again Meyer's nearly forgotten concept and features the contemporary reconstruction of the 'Advanced School of Collective Feeling' through texts and illustrations.
    About the Author
    Nile Greenberg is the founder of NILE, a New York-based design studio. Matthew Kennedy is an architect based in Mexico City
    Park Books
    Publish date
    14th Jun 2021
    Paperback / softback
    UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Benelux, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, China, Hong Kong, Central and South America
    280 mm x 200 mm
    176 Pages
    140 b&w
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