seminal texts

ArchNewsNow provides a link to an article about how ‘…Markus Breitschmid’s book, “Der bauende Geist. Friedrich Nietzsche und die Architektur,” or “The Building Spirit. Friedrich Nietzsche and Architecture,” has been selected by the Institute of Philosophy in Karlsruhe-Germany as one of 14 seminal texts…’.

The rest of the list makes for a useful resource to add to your wish lists.

In his book, Breitschmid, assistant professor of the history of architecture and design at Virginia Tech, inaugurated a reinterpretation of the noted German philosopher Nietzsche, namely that creative thought, and “building thought” in particular, fundamentally determines the world of Nietzsche. The book is recognized for the study of the modernist transformation of space in the architectural thinking of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The other books selected by the Institute of Philosophy were: Leone Battista Alberti, “De Statue;” Aristotle, “The Categories;” Aristotle, “Metaphysics;” Aristotle, “Physics;” Rudolf Arnheim, “The Dynamics of Architectural Form;” Le Corbusier, “The City of Tomorrow;” Jacques Derrida, “Chora;” Martin Heidegger, “Building, Dwelling, Thinking;” Martin Heidegger, “The Origin of the Work of Art;” Johannes Kepler, “Harmonices Mundi;” Jean-Francois Lyotard, “The Inhumane – Reflections on Time;” Plato, “Timaios;” Vitruvius, “Ten Books of Architecture.”

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