New German Architecture – A Reflexive Modernism (Hatje Cantz, 2002) gives a thorough introduction to the characteristics of German late-modernism in the 1990s. The book has been edited by Ullrich Schwarz.
If new German architecture truly reflects something of the zeitgeist, if it is – to cite Friedrich Nietzsche – architecture suited to the new German soul, then the selection of architectural works presented in this volume emphasizes one thing above all: we have now entered an era that ha sno more ‘great narratives’ (François Lyotard). New German architecture cannot be described in terms of formal or programmatic schemes, schools, tendencies, or clear lines of tradition. It responds to the challenges of society, not with a distinctive style but by taking positions. Not only does this apparent ‘obscurity’ (Jürgen Habermas) mark the end of grand ideologies, it is also the expression of a specific form of heightened cultural consciousness. It is moderate and restrained, thoughtfully self-assured, and non-dogmatic. New German architecture is an architecture of self-critical Reflexive Modernism.
– New German Architecture – A Reflexive Modernism (ed. Ullrich Schwarz, Hatje Cantz, 2002), excerpt from the book description
The text is in English. The book is richly illustrated with colour photographs and architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The binding is intact; the pages are clean; the dust jacket, with one small tear near the spine, shows only some minor shelf wear.