ISBN-13: 978-3-7643-8360-2 296 pages, approx. 216 illustrations Published by the Architekturzentrum Wien and The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles Contributions by Andrea Bocco-Guarneri, Wim de Wit, Monika Platzer, Felicity Scott and Maria Welzig
‘What we need is not a new way of technology but a new way of living’, that is the subtitle of one of Rudofsky’s last works.
Starting out from the assumption that the design of every single room in a house is based on a physical function: one place to lie the body down to rest, another to take in food, a third to step into a tub to bath, Rudofsky believed architecture served to stimulate the senses and refine quotidian culture. This conception of architecture and design by Bernard Rudofsky (1905-88) is more topical today than ever. Internationally renowned in his day for the exhibitions he created for MoMA in the 1940s and 1950s, today he is remembered above all for his sharp-tongued, witty books, which still speak to a broad audience.
‘Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky’ is more than essays by experts providing an introduction to the complex concept of architecture and living of this cosmopolite and unconventional thinker; it also offers rich visual material to convey his thinking about architecture: “I believe that sensory pleasure should take precedence over intellectual pleasure in art and architecture.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS: 006 Foreword Thomas Crow and Dietmar Steiner 008 Foreword Mirko Zardini 012 Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky: Introduction Monika Platzer 035 Learning from Bernard Rudofsky: Photographs 076 Viennese Interactions Maria Welzig 098 Rudofsky’s Discomfort: A Passion for Travel Wim de Wit 126 The Art of Dwelling Andrea Bocco Guarneri 172 An Eye for Modern Architecture Felicity D. Scott 211 Books by Bernard Rudofsky 231 Bernard Rudofsky for Domus—A Selection 232 Reprints 260 Translations 260 The Discovery of an Island 262 What We Need Is Not a New Technology but a New Way of Living 271 Negative Panorama 274 Fashion: Inhuman Garment 278 Variations 282 The Origins of the House 286 About Bernard Rudofsky 289 About Berta Rudofsky 290 Index 295 Acknowledgments 296 Photograph credits
Design: Gabriele Lenz with the help of Ewa Kaja, Elmar Bertsch Proofreading, Index: Claudia Mazanek Translations: Wolfgang Astelbauer, English–German; Edit Moroder, Italian–German; Jonathan Quinn, German–English Edited by Monika Platzer with the help of David Baum, Marion Krammer