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A Blessing in Disguise

Niels Gutschow and Jorn Duwel

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 416

  • Publisher: Dom publishers

  • Date Published: Sep 2013

  • Stock Code: 81739

  • ISBN: 9783869222950

  • Binding: Hardback

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“There is a sense, in which the demolition that is taking place through the war has not yet gone far enough.” This astonishing statement was made in the thick of the Second World War (1942) by the influential American social and cultural critic Lewis Mumford. In most of the cities hit hardest by the air-raids,something akin to planning euphoria did in fact break out at that time. In all the countries of Europe, the devastation of the cities was acclaimed as a liberating factor. In this volume, historians and architects from various cultures analyse the ideas and convictions on which post-war urban planning was modelled. To illustrate the points, a number of towns and cities in different countries are discussed with reference to the planningschemes proposed for them and other documents.

About the Author

Niels Gutschow

Niels Gutschow, born in 1941 in Hamburg as the son of an architect, first came to Nepal in 1962. He studied architecture in Darmstadt and returned to Bhaktapur in 1971 as a member of a team set to restore the Pūjārīmaţh. In the 1970s, his research focused on Urban Space and Ritual; later he shifted toward architectural surveys, which materialised in two major publications: The Nepalese Caitya. 1500 Years of Buddhist Votive Architecture in the Kathmandu Valley (1997) and Architecture of the Newars. A History of Building Typologies and Details in Nepal (2011). For a period of forty-five years, his attention has been strongly linked to the seasonal festivals of Bhaktapur, of which this publication presents ten major events. Niels Gutschow lives at Tahaja near Bhaktapur and Abtsteinach, Germany. Since 2003 he has been an Honorary Professor at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University.

Jorn Duwel

Jorn Duwel, b. 1965, studied art history and Germanic studies in Greifswald. Research projects and publications on European architecture and town planning in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2002 he was appointed professor of history and theory of architecture at the HafenCity University in Hamburg.

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