Leipzig: Hesse & Becker, 1927. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 159 (1)pp. Original yellow cloth with modern b/w design and typography in photo-illustrated dustjacket, white lettering on spine. Red top edge. Gray endpapers. Publisher's device on title page. Dustjacket and cover design by Walter Dexel. The b/w photographs on the verso of title page with Heinrich Zille quote: "You can kill a human with an apartment just as you can kill him with an ax!" The volume is dedicated to Heinrich Zille.
In his foreword Behne emphasizes the fact that the lack of apartments in Germany is a political problem on one hand and a technical problem on the other, offering a third view: the cultural-artistic view. "Our book now, it doesn't offer prescriptions, places the human into the center of the work. The title doesn't say "New building - New Living," it's the other way around, because we want to say, the building depends on living, which means it depends on the human. With that said it becomes clear that when we talk about the artistic we don't mean the appearance."
The chapters in the book: The Copernican Turn, Dictatorship or Objectivity, The Immortal Knight, Grandiose Cabinet and Cleaning Appliances, Building and Human, The Tenement as the Last Knight's Castle, Good Solutions –Beginnings. The book is profusely illustrated with b/w photographs, reproductions of artwork and architectural plans. It contains a section with photographic juxtapositions of examples and counterexamples and a bibliography at rear. Text in German, Gothic script. Dustjacket with light wear along edges, small chips and rubbed. Binding with light discoloration along edges and spine. Block very lightly age-toned. Dustjacket in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #48347