Bauen und Wohnen

Die Geschichte der Werkbundsiedlungen

This comprehensive publication shows the path from the Werkbund housing estate to the Werkbund city. In its catalog section, it documents realized and unrealized Werkbund settlements as well as two of their predecessors (Niederrheinische Dorf at the Cologne Werkbund Exhibition of 1913-1914 and the Garden City Dresden-Hellerau (1906-1913). In the essay section, renowned architectural historians discuss, among other things, the conditions and precursors of the Werkbund's model housing projects, the specifics of their urban appearance, and their reception. A photo documentation by Berlin photographer Martin Tervoort shows the current state of their buildings.

  • Editor: Claudia Kromrei, Paul Kahlfeldt, 'Deutscher Werkbund'
  • ISBN: 978 3 8030 0815 2
  • Size: 17,5 x 25,5 cm. Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st edition, original edition


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  • With the Werkbundstadt Am Spreebord project in Berlin, the Werkbund – almost one hundred years after Stuttgart-Weißenhof – is once again addressing the question of the architecturally appropriate form of a residential neighborhood. Earlier Werkbund housing estates have long been regarded as landmarks in architectural history. As experimental housing estates with model and exemplary character, they have been realized since the late 1920s, primarily in German-speaking countries or in their immediate vicinity, in order to find exemplary answers to the urgent question of contemporary living and building. With the famous Weißenhof-Siedlung (1925-1927) in Stuttgart, the Brno colony “Nový Dům” (1927/28), the Grüneiche settlement in Breslau (1927-29), and the Werkbund settlements in Zurich-Wollishofen (1928-1932), Prague (1928-1932), and Vienna-Lainz (1929-1932), their geographical spread corresponds to the spread of the Werkbund idea in Europe. It was not until long after the Second World War and then already under the sign of postmodernism that the title of a “Werkbund settlement” was again claimed. However, only two of the numerous plans were built: the “Dörfle” in Karlsruhe (1978-1992) and the Werkbundsiedlung Am Ruhrufer in Oberhausen-Alstaden (1984-1989).

  • Editor Claudia Kromrei, Paul Kahlfeldt, ‘Deutscher Werkbund’
    Text Bernd Nicolai, Bettina Held, Claudia Kromrei, Hans-Dieter Nägelke, Jörg Stabenow, Matthias Schirren, Renate Flagmeier, Ruth Hanisch, Wolfgang Sonne
    Photos Martin Tervoort
    ISBN 978 3 8030 0815 2
    Size 17,5 x 25,5 cm. Hardcover
    Number of pages 272 pages
    Illustrations 260 (colored) illustrations
    Languages German
    Edition 1st edition, original edition
    Release September 2016


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