In general, I don’t think it’s fruitful to spend a lot of time trying to figure Adolf Hitler out.
I certainly understand the impulse: when we discover monsters in our midst, we are strongly motivated to examine them carefully. 682 more words
He was one of Hitler’s architect. At a certain point even his favorite architect, in charge of rebuilding Berlin. The city was to be renamed Germania and it would be full of buildings that would dwarf any giant structured that had come before. 700 more words
Léon Krier does not seem to dislike modern architecture as much as I do, but he may dislike it with much more passion. The architectural theorist, master planner of Prince Charles’s new town Poundbury, and practitioner of his own edgy brand of classicism finds it easier to find a way to praise some early modernists that I find it easier to deplore, even Corbusier and Mies. 543 more words
Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
A number of days ago I wrote an article about the dehumanization of people and genocide. Since I am a historian and much of my undergraduate and graduate work focused on German history, particularly that of Imperial Germany after the unification, the Weimar Republic, and the Nazi Reich, I draw a lot of lessons from the period. 1,644 more words
Ever wondered what happened to the architects of Germany’s Atlantic Wall? They found employment as instructors at the School of Teutonic Design (STD). Armed with a straight rule, pencil and a love of concrete the graduates of this esteemed organisation have gone on to blight landscapes all over the world. 464 more words