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Author Lewittes, Deborah, author

Title Berthold Lubetkin's Highpoint II and the Jewish contribution to modern English architecture / Deborah Lewittes
Edition First edition
Published New York : Routledge, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Contents Berthold Lubetkin's Highpoint II and the Jewish Contribution to Modern English Architecture- Front Cover; Berthold Lubetkin's Highpoint II and the Jewish Contribution to Modern English Architecture; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Just the Highpoints: London in the thirties; Notes; Chapter 1: Building Highgate: high rises and uprisings; Notes; Chapter 2: London calling: high stakes, high relief; Notes; Chapter 3: High modernist critiques; Notes
Chapter 4: Practicing Jews: modern London, the emigration decade, and the weight of historyNotes; Selected bibliography; Index
Summary "In 1935, the Russian-born Jewish architect Berthold Lubetkin and his firm Tecton designed Highpoint, a block of flats in London which Le Corbusier called revolutionary. Three years later, Lubetkin completed a companion design. Yet Highpoint II felt very different and the sense that the ideals of modernism had been abandoned seemed hard to dispute. Had modern architecture failed to take root in England? This book challenges the belief that English architecture was on hiatus during the 1930s. Using Highpoint II as a springboard, Deborah Lewittes takes us on a journey through the defining moments of modern English architecture the high points of the period surrounding Highpoint II. Drawing on Lubetkins work and his writings, the book argues that he advanced influential, lasting theories which were rooted in his design for Highpoint II. Lubetkins work is explored within the context of wider Jewish emigration to London during the interwar years as well as the anti-semitism that pervaded Britain during the 1930s. As Lewittes demonstrates, this decade was anything but quiet. Providing a new perspective on twentieth century English architecture, this book is of interest to students and scholars in architectural history, urban studies, Jewish studies, and related fields."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher
Subject Lubetkin, Berthold, 1901-1990 -- Criticism and interpretation
SUBJECT Lubetkin, Berthold, 1901-1990 fast
Subject Highpoint II (London, England)
Tecton (Firm)
SUBJECT Highpoint II (London, England) fast
Tecton (Firm) fast
Subject Jewish architects -- England
Architecture and society -- England -- History -- 20th century
Architecture and society
Jewish architects
SUBJECT Highgate (London, England) -- Buildings, structures, etc
London (England) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Subject England
England -- London
England -- London -- Highgate
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018019366
ISBN 9781351124362