Karel Teige, Author, Eric Dluhosch, Translator MIT Press (MA) $62 (p) ISBN His treatise The Minimum Dwelling (), translated into English for the first. Following Karel Teige’s famous diagram of this typology, we can understand minimum dwelling as a form of domestic space organised around. Karel Teige, the Czech communist, avant-garde artist, and architectural critic, was known for many insightful works. The Minimum Dwelling.

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In France alone, aboutdwellings destroyed during the war had been rebuilt by but there was still a shortage of 1, I found it difficult to write about Teige. However, the whole conception, as we can read from the site plan, gives a puzzling, archaic impression. Teige shows how Gropius, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and others designed little more than new versions of baroque swelling, mainly for the new financial aristocracy.

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Great stuff, Karel dwelping how right you were! Kitchens have windows because cookers were either coal- or gas-fired. Today, in 30 sqm studio apartments and microflats, we can still see oversized kitchens, dwellinb space for a sofa opposite a flatscreen, a balcony off a living space, and an extractor hood above a full-size cooker.

Once again, thanks for the introduction. Teige envisioned the minimum dwelling not as a reduced version of a bourgeois apartment or rural cottage, but as a wholly new dwelling type built on the cooperation of architects, sociologists, economists, health officials, physicians, social workers, politicians, and trade unionists.

It calls for a radical rethinking of domestic space and of the role of modern architecture in the planning, design, and construction of new dwelling types for the proletariat. Teige has much to say about how the minimum dwelling should not be a watered down imitation of bourgeois values for such apartments symbolise the aspiration to traditional values rather than their rejection. Using few resources to design and construct humane yet minimal dwellings for people was a really really useful thing for architects to do.


The plan on the left below, has stairwells with two and three doors off a landing. What Teige proposed then from the standpoint of communism, we now have as a consequence of capitalism. He describes alternative lifestyles and new ways of cohabitation of sexes, generations, and classes.

I also used it to introduce him to my reading group: The museum building in the shape of a pyramid has no functional justification and produces an effect of an old Egyptian, or rather old Mexican atmosphere. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Karel Teigeone of the most important figures of avant-garde modernism of the s and s, influenced virtually every area of art, design, and urban thinking in his native Czechoslovakia.

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Oh how we need you now! For what is a retirement community or nursing home but a collective dwelling with shared kitchen, dining and living facilities?

The detailed programmatic chapters on collective housing remain far ahead of current thinking, and his comments on collective dwelling presage communal living experiments tfige the s and s, as well as the communal facilities in contemporary condominium buildings and mknimum communities.

The year wasthe same year Villa Savoye was completed. His functionalism was not the irresponsible caricaturizations of Hitchcock and Johnson. Teige has much to say about how the minimum dwelling should not be a watered down imitation of bourgeois values.

These building configurations and the apartment layouts they contain are the logical result of the desire to provide maximum rentable area without regard for daylight or amenity. No, a machine for representation and splendor, for the idle, lazy life of the bosses playing golf and their ladies bored in their boudoirs. The common belief that architects mimic the artist myth and have artistic periods or phases is also a myth. The Minimum Dwelling is not just a book on architecture, but also a blueprint for a new way of living.


A machine for living? The plan on the right has stairwells with three and five.

Architecture Misfit #9: Karel Teige

All these houses with all their technical luxury and radical design devices, with all their formal originality, are really nothing other than new versions of opulent baroque palaces, that is, seats of the new financial aristocracy. The internet has taken a fancy to his surreal collages. This is what Kxrel apartments were like in And that quote from the introduction is one of my favourite bits by Teige, very telling of him. I noticed you made a typo: It really is a pity that the interwar period anywhere east of where the Iron Curtain ended up being and west of Moscow is so little studied, but if anyone from the first Czech Republic is to be looked at it kareo Teige.

Stairwells have windows because the corridor would be unlit otherwise. His Minimum Dwelling, originally published in Czech inand appearing now for the first time in English, is one of the landmark architectural books of the twentieth century.

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The spiral organization of spaces, giving ever-increasing areas of space to more recent periods, is achieved at the cost of ending up with a dark interior hall the Sacrarium makes a virtue of this necessity and at the cost of extremely difficult access from the top, by means of long ramps, and inadequate elevators.

A flat roof or steel furniture dwflling never be regarded dwleling the ultimate goal of avant-garde architecture. Funny old world eh? The book covers many subjects that are still of great relevance.

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