The Architecture of Alfred Neumann
Work and vision of this master of modernism, who has influenced generations of architects in Israel yet himself has largely been forgotten.
1st edition, 2017
Text in English
376 pages, 49 color and 373 b/w illustrations
18.5 x 24.5 cm
Alfred Neumann (1900–1968) was a Czech architect whose work was wrought in the context of postwar modernism and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Today, his influence and impact have been largely forgotten, but, in their time, Neumann’s original designs received praise and elicited controversy in almost equal measure, offering exciting new possibilities to the modernist mainstream.
Space Packed: The Architecture of Alfred Neumann renews attention to this pioneering architect who made a vast contribution to modern architecture and had a lasting impact on Israel’s broader architectural culture. Drawing on Neumann’s writings and close study of both built and unbuilt projects, Rafi Segal discusses the development of Neumann’s architectural theory and methodology and documents his built works from the 1950s and ’60s against the backdrop of contemporary architectural discourse and the demands of the newly created State of Israel. The book also features a complete chronological catalog of Neumann’s buildings and designs, fully illustrated, including many previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and sketches.
The first book to provide a detailed account of Neumann’s work, Space Packed: The Architecture of Alfred Neumann celebrates the career of this highly skilled and innovative architect, and it will be welcomed by architects and architectural historians.
« […] mit dem Blick auf konkrete Bauten Neumanns, die hier zu Entdecken eine grosse Freude ist. Und ebenso ist es ein Vergnügen, Neumanns Texte (in Auszügen) im Anhang lesen zu können, die sämtlich davon erzählen, dass das Denken über Architektur zwar auch mythenbildend sein muss, zugleich in eben dieser Weise auf unser rationales Denken aber durchaus auch befreiend wirken kann.» Benedikt Kraft, Deutsche Bauzeitschrift
«The first true monograph dedicated to the work of a little known figure in twentieth-century architecture, one who had a fundamental influence on defining the cultural identity of the state of Israel. .[…] The book brings out a powerful architectural language that helped guide the first steps of a new nation and also illustrates the existence of another collective current of architecture. It enriches our idea of design in the modern era, showing that is more complex than official histories would suggest.» Fabrizio Gallanti, abitare.it