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Kay Fisker: Works and Ideas in Danish Modern Architecture

Author/EditorFisker: Soberg,al Danish Academy (Author)
ISBN: 9781350068193
Pub Date17/06/2021
BindingHardback
Pages232
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w)
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Kay Fisker (1893-1965) is considered one of the most influential Danish architects of the twentieth century, and yet there has existed until now no in-depth English-language study of his works and writing.

Published as part of the Bloomsbury Studies in Modern Architecture series, which brings to light the work of significant yet overlooked modernist architects, this book examines Fisker's key projects - from his early railway stations and innovative housing projects to the Danish Academy in Rome - and analyses his work as a historian and writer.

Fisker's output is closely associated with the functional tradition, a hybridization of international modernism and regional architectural typologies, and this book shows how his architectural poetics can be understood as an amalgamation of an ideal order with the contingent conditions of landscapes and urban sites. Hybridization is not only a valuable notion for understanding Fisker, the book argues, it can also be applied to an understanding of modernist architecture as a whole, with its various expressions, agendas and tensions both regionally and internationally.

Kay Fisker (1893-1965) is considered one of the most influential Danish architects of the twentieth century, and yet there has existed until now no in-depth English-language study of his works and writing.

Published as part of the Bloomsbury Studies in Modern Architecture series, which brings to light the work of significant yet overlooked modernist architects, this book examines Fisker's key projects - from his early railway stations and innovative housing projects to the Danish Academy in Rome - and analyses his work as a historian and writer.

Fisker's output is closely associated with the functional tradition, a hybridization of international modernism and regional architectural typologies, and this book shows how his architectural poetics can be understood as an amalgamation of an ideal order with the contingent conditions of landscapes and urban sites. Hybridization is not only a valuable notion for understanding Fisker, the book argues, it can also be applied to an understanding of modernist architecture as a whole, with its various expressions, agendas and tensions both regionally and internationally.

Martin Soberg is Associate Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Culture, Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen.

List of illustrations Series Preface Timeline List of works by Kay Fisker Introduction Multiple facets of modern architecture Constructing a subject 1. A clearly defined form Simple, yet picturesque Into the countryside Twin houses in a garden city Pavilion purism 2. Ordering the modern city Contemporary classicism Grandeur and clarity Houses facing an urban condition Variations of the perimeter block 3. Typologies of housing Dissolving the perimeter Architectural propaganda Typological pursuits A Copenhagen Siedlung 4. Welfare and the architecture of institutions The hospital The university The sanatorium The work camps The Mother's Aid 5. Beyond conventions History reinterpreted Post-war housing policies Suburban life Prefab wonders 6. Time and tradition Fisker, the historian Transforming historical matter The functional tradition Order and anonymity Conclusion General bibliography Bibliography of the writings of Kay Fisker Index

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