Environment and Psychology in Architecture and Urbanism: A Conversation with Volker M. Welter Part 2


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Our guest on this episode is Volker M. Welter, professor of art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Along with practical functions, the need for cultural or spiritual elements in town planning: Geddes’ “cultural acropolis” (1:45) — The cosmic and religious symbolism of Geddes’s unbuilt plan for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Mount Scopus (4:45) — Vitalism and spiritualism in Geddes’s town planning work in India and Pakistan (6:45) — Town planning after 1945 and the collapse of fascism: reassessing modernism (10:00) — Discovering the architecture of Ernst L. Freud — the architect to the Weimar bourgeoisie builds a country house outside Berlin (15:00) — Beyond the “communist / reactionary” dichotomy in the history of Weimar architecture (19:25) — Freud’s bourgeois villas: an alternative to the völkisch and radical tendencies between the wars (24:45) — Capitalist vs. socialist architecture; designing the first office spaces for psychoanalytic therapy (29:00)

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