The Heart of the City

Konstanze Sylva Domhardt
The Heart of the City
Die Stadt in den transatlantischen Debatten der CIAM 1933–1951

2012. 16.5 x 24.5 cm, softcover with flap
424 pages, 167 illustrations
ISBN 978-3-85676-277-3
CHF 62.00 / EUR 58.00

Designed by Philippe Mouthon


The guiding principles of modernity for a ‘functional city’ have had a decisive influence on today's built living space. But the city of the 20th century was never the only witness to purely rational design decisions. Their rooms have always been consciously designed as places for a human community. The Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) have interpreted the city far beyond its functional aspects. Even before the Second World War, they gave it a human face. In an unconventional working group of architects, urban planners, artists, historians and social scientists, they made public space a topos of planning as Heart of the City’.