Book — 1 online resource (viii, 323 pages) : illustrations, maps. Digital: data file.
Setting the scene : Weimar Berlin, circa 1920
Mapping Weimar society : on masses, classes, and white-collar workers
Organizing the modern masses : new building in Weimar Berlin
Walking in the metropolis : the city texts of Franz Hessel and Siegfried Kracauer
Picturing the new Berlin : photography, architecture, and modern mass society
Deconstructing modern subjectivity : on Berlin Alexanderplatz
Reconstructing modern subjectivity : on Berlin, symphony of the big city.
In ""Topographies of Class"", Sabine Hake explores the question of why Weimar Berlin has such a powerful hold on the urban imagination. Approaching Weimar architectural culture from the perspective of mass discourse and class analysis, Hake examines the way in which architectural projects, debates, and representations in literature, photography, and film played a key role in establishing the terms under which contemporaries made sense of the rise of white-collar society.Focusing on the so-called stabilization period, ""Topographies of Class"" maps out complex relationships between modern architecture and mass society, from Martin Wagner's planning initiatives and Erich Mendelsohn's functionalist buildings, to the most famous Berlin texts of the period, Alfred Doblin's city novel Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929) and Walter Ruttmann's city film Berlin, Symphony of the Big City (1927). Hake draws on critical, philosophical, literary, photographic, and filmic texts to reconstruct the urban imagination at a key point in the history of German modernity, making this the first study - in English or German - to take an interdisciplinary approach to the rich architectural culture of Weimar Berlin.This is the first interdisciplinary exploration of the cultural architecture of Weimar Berlin. (source: Nielsen Book Data)