Architecture as a Synthesis of the Arts

by Rudolf Steiner

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This collection introduces Rudolf Steiner's vision of architecture as a culmination of the arts. Such architecture unites sculpture, painting, and engraving as well as drama, music and dance—a vital synthesis of all the arts working in cooperation through the common ideal of awakening us to our individuality and task in life.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Steiner's ideas did not remain abstract. Within his lifetime he was able to design and construct a number of buildings, including his architectural masterpiece, the Goetheanum—a center for culture and arts near Basle, Switzerland. In these lectures Steiner describes, with reference to the Goetheanum, the importance of an architecturally coherent and integrated community, and how this in turn affects social unity and harmony.

These lectures offer a panorama of the development of architecture in parallel with the emerging human soul in human evolution. Includes eight color plates and 30 black & white illustrations. This is a valuable collection for all students of architecture, the arts, social science, and those looking for a deeper spiritual understanding of the art of architecture.

January 1999;
Trans: J. Collis;
8 lectures + extracts & notes, based on GA 286;
Content: 216 pages;
Illustrations: 8 colour plates + 30 b/w illus.;
Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 cm;

ISBN: 9781855840577
Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
Format: Paperback