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Highrise City (Hochhausstadt): Perspective View: North-South Street

A perspective drawing of a city with tall rectilinear buildings on city blocks connected by flat bridges with roadways below.

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  • A perspective drawing of a city with tall rectilinear buildings on city blocks connected by flat bridges with roadways below.

Date:

1924

Artist:

Ludwig Karl Hilberseimer
American, born Germany, 1885-1967

About this artwork

One of the central components of architect and planner Ludwig Hilberseimer’s treatise on urban planning of 1924 was a vertically integrated high-rise city where residents would live and work in one seamless unit, traveling up to apartments and down to factories in elevators. These drawings underscore the impersonal nature of Hilberseimer’s imagined society, removed from all identifying markers of history or geography. Although Hilberseimer would later renounce this project, the images remain as powerful expressions of modern architects’ preoccupation with functionalist models for urban society.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Architecture and Design

Artist

Ludwig Karl Hilberseimer (Architect)

Title

Highrise City (Hochhausstadt): Perspective View: North-South Street

Origin

Germany

Date

1924

Medium

Ink and watercolor on paper

Inscriptions

Signed and dated at bottom right, "L. Hilberseimer 24."

Dimensions

Approx. 97.3 × 140 cm (38 5/16 × 55 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of George E. Danforth

Reference Number

1983.992

Extended information about this artwork

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