Up until the fall of the Iron Curtain, the housing estate "Baba" in Prague was a little-known tip. This was the last building exhibition which the Werkbund set up in Europe in 1932 and symbolises and entire ear, vividly depicting Modern Architecture in the Czech Republic, which has gained growing international recognition since 1989. Three generations of architects were active here; the older generation, still influenced by Cubism, include Janak and Gocar; the middle generation, whose works were purist and functionalist, include Linhart and Stary; and the younger generation, for example, Ladislav Zak, who with their sweeping forms wished to distance themselves from 'white functionalism'. With copious, unpublished source material, this book analyses for the first time the particular status which the Prague Housing Estate has in architectural history. It addresses architectural and sociopolitical topics, documents the individual porjects and looks at the circumstances of the private clients.
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