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Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky

Das Leben eine Reise

"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.


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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.”