For a work of historical scholarship, Itohan Osayimwese's Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany has a surprisingly compelling opening. In the first sentences, the author stages a meeting in Berlin during the summer of 1913, where, gathered around a massive oak table, are “some of the men now considered to be the doyens of modern architecture in Germany”: Henry van de Velde, Hermann Muthesius, Bruno Taut, Walter Gropius, Hans Poelzig, Paul Schultze-Naumburg, and Dominikus Böhm, as well as some “lesser-known colleagues and protégés,” including Carl Rehorst, Adolf von Oechelhäuser, Konrad Wachsmann, and—the lone woman in the group—Margarete Knüppelholz-Roeser (3). On the agenda is a discussion of “the status...
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Book Review| December 01 2018
Review: Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany, by Itohan Osayimwese
Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany
University of Pittsburgh Press,
2017, 344 pp., 8 color and 74 b/w illus. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 9780822945086
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2018) 77 (4): 478–481.
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Johan Lagae; Review: Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany, by Itohan Osayimwese. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 December 2018; 77 (4): 478–481. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2018.77.4.478
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