Designing Transformation

Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism

Jewish designers and architects played a key role in shaping the interwar architecture of Central Europe, and in the respective countries where they settled following the Nazi's rise to power. This book explores how Jewish architects and patrons influenced and reformed the design of towns and cities through commercial buildings, urban landscaping and other material culture. It also examines how modern identities evolved in the context of migration, commercial and professional networks, and in relation to the conflict between nationalist ideologies and international aspirations in Central Europe and beyond.
Pointing to the production within cultural platforms shared by Jews and Christians, the book's research sheds new light on the importance of integrating Jews into Central European design and aesthetic history. Leading historians, curators, archivists and architects present their critical analyses further to 'design' the past and push forward a transformation in the historical consciousness of Central Europe. By reconsidering the seminal role of Central European émigré and exiled architects and designers in shaping today's global design cultures, this book further strengthens humanistic, progressive and pluralistic cultural trends in Europe today.

Elana Shapira is a cultural and design historian. She is the Project Leader of the Austrian Science Fund research project "Visionary Vienna: Design and Society 1918-1934" and Lecturer in Design History and Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria.


Buchcover: Designing Transformation
Designing Transformation
ISBN: 9781350172319
Herausgeber: Elana Shapira
Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing B