Design for a Socialist City

Reinhold Rossig (from Ludwig Hilbersheimer class), 1931

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Design for a Socialist City, author: Reinhold Rossig (from Ludwig Hilbersheimer's Class), 10.6.1931

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The concept of the linear city had already been discussed in the 19th century. It regained its relevance in the late 1920s, especially for Russian architects, who were a source of inspiration for students and teachers at the Bauhaus: As part of his graduation thesis, Rossig designed the layout of a linear city that was to interconnect existing cities with the facilities of “a collectivised agriculture”. The rows of houses arranged in right angles parallel to a railway line are alternated with industrial zones; like the leisure facilities located outside the complex, they are connected by means of a subway. Long-distance destinations can be reached by an elevated railway.


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  2. Thöner, Wolfgang (2009): „Entwurf einer sozialistischen Stadt“. Zum städtebaulichen Unterricht am Bauhaus, in: Modell Bauhaus, hg. v. Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau und Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Ausstellungskatalog, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, S. 297-300.

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