Ulrich Conrads (Ed.) - Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-Century Architecture
Collected by the famous German architecture critic Ulrich Conrads, this publication brings together seminal texts from 1903 up to 1963. A reprint of a classic (1964) in its own right. Ultimately suited for an anthology, the manifesto or programmatic statement is a delightful time-capsule, bringing to life the voices of the builders of the new world. The readers may savour the words of wisdom (or wit) with the advantage of hindsight. Of course, it’s not only about words: aesthetics and style are equally part of the revolutionary spirit. From all the usual suspects, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, there are also a few gems penned by Constant and Buckminster Fuller. Still thought-provoking but past their revolutionary sell-by date, these texts are best consumed bit by bit and over time.