Erich Mendelsohn, Einstein Tower, Potsdam, Expressionist Architecture
Walter Gropius, The Fagus Shoe Factory
Lionel Feininger, Cathedral, woodcut from the Bauhaus Manifesto
The Bauhaus Basic Course, Josef Albers with students, 1928
Marcel Breuer, Wassily Chair, Bauhaus
Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Electric Table Lamp, Bauhaus
Faculty Apartment for Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Bauhaus campus, Dessau, photographed in 1927
Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus faculty, Bauhaus Campus, Dessau, Bauhaus
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, proposed glass office building for the Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, International Modernism.
Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, German Pavillion at the 1929 Barcelona Exhibition
Le Corbusier, Voisin Plan for the rebuilding of the city center of Paris, International Modernism
Le Corbusier, Unite d'Habitation, Marseilles, International Modernism
Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, Poissy, outside of Paris, International Modernism
Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, interior courtyard
Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater, Bear Run, PA
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN BETWEEN THE WARS
--Bauhaus Basic Course
--Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
-----The Radiant City
Frank Lloyd Wright
The Original Futurama
Before it became the namesake of a show on Comedy Central, the Futurama was an enormous series of dioramas in the General Motors pavilion at the 1939 - 1940 World's Fair in New York City (Corona Park in Queens). Designed by Norman Bel Geddes, this huge diorama series was built to be a glimpse 20 years into the future as imagined by General Motors. This was the most popular exhibit at the fair. Visitors stood in line for hours to ride the moving chairs with the speakers telling them all about the wonders of things to come in 1960.
Here is a film about the Futurama produced by General Motors in 1940, To New Horizons. It starts out in black and white, but the Futurama itself is all filmed in Technicolor.
The USA was still going through the Great Depression during the 1939 - 1940 Fair. This vision of a brighter, more spacious, and more hopeful future filled with opportunity thrilled audiences living in the bleak and cramped world of the 1930s. This is the future as imagined by a major car manufacturer with lots of emphasis on roads and transportation. After World War II, the United States and almost all of its major cities would be completely rebuilt to accommodate the automobile. Some of Bel Geddes' design is still praised for being so far-sighted, especially in his extensive use of continuous park space in cities and along river fronts. Other aspects might have been just a little too sweeping. There's no room in any of it for historical preservation or for mass transit.