WOLFE, Tom. From Bauhaus to our House.

(LOndon): Jonathan Cape, 1982. First edition. Octavo. 143 pages. A trenchant critique of 20th-century architecture’s “glass-box” aesthetic. Laying the blame for America’s bland modern buildings at the door of Europe’s architectural “compounds,” Wolfe lambasts the follies of Germany’s Bauhaus movement and regrets its mid-century migration to America. He argues that the austere International Style of architecture was ill-suited to post-war America, where the booming economy encouraged indulgent consumption and lavish lifestyles. A very good copy in dust jacket.


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