A305/04: Industrial Architecture: AEG and Fagus Factories



In the context of the exhibition The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture, the CCA presents twenty-four broadcasts from the course A305, History of Architecture and Design 1890–1939, by The Open University. To learn more about the project, visit https://www.cca.qc.ca/A305.

In television broadcast 4, Tim Benton compares the industrial buildings by Peter Behrens for the AEG
(General Electrical Company of Germany) in Berlin with the almost exactly contemporaneous Fagus shoe-last factory which Walter Gropius designed for Karl Benscheidt, in Alfeld-an-der-Leine, both built just before the First World War. […] The Fagus factory is often referred to as the first really ‘modern’ building, while the AEG buildings, at first sight, appear to have a markedly classical aesthetic.

Written by Tim Benton, directed by Nick Levinson, produced the BBC/Open University, aired 15 March 1975 on BBC2.

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