A Way to the Modernity

The Werkbund Estates 1927 - 1932

red. Jadwiga Urbanik

17 €

The book is devoted to experimental Werkbund housing estate built in Europe between 1927-1932 significantly influenced the development of world architecture. The catalog accompanied the exhibition presented in the Museum of Architecture from 30th of March till 5th of June 2016, undertaken as part of the architectural program of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016.

It was believed that they could change people and their lives. Have lasting impact on architectural landscape and start a new way of thinking about housing construction. They were an expression of the belief that in a modern, democratic world it is possible to meet the housing needs of the population and thus create a new society, conscious of its choices.

Weissenhof, Nový Dům, WuWA, Neubühl, Lainz, Baba - experimental Werkbund housing estates built in Europe between 1927-1932, significantly influenced the development of world architecture. There are only six of them - in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Austria - symbolizing ‘architectural and urban revolution’ of the first half of the twentieth century. They constitute cultural heritage of extraordinary importance, a reflection of the history of political and social movements in Europe, a testimony of the dissemination of modernist architecture. Moreover, both today and in the future, they are an ambitious challenge in the field of monument protection.