Markus Breitschmid’s Book Honored

Markus Breitschmid’s book, Der bauende Geist. Friedrich Nietzsche und die Architektur (The Building Spirit. Friedrich Nietzsche and Architecture), has recently been selected as one of fourteen seminal texts written on the problem of architectural space by the Institute of Philosophy in Karlsruhe-Germany. The book inaugurated a reinterpretation of the noted German philosopher, namely that creative thought, and “building thought” in particular, fundamentally determines the world of Nietzsche. The book is recognized for the study of the modernist transformation of space in the architectural thinking of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The other books selected by the Institute of Philosophy were:

  • Leone Battista Alberti, De Statua
  • Aristotle, The Categories
  • Aristotle, Metaphysics
  • Aristotle, Physics
  • Rudolf Arnheim, The Dynamics of Architectural Form
  • Le Corbusier, The City of Tomorrow
  • Jacques Derrida, Chora
  • Martin Heidegger, Building, Dwelling, Thinking
  • Martin Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art
  • Johannes Kepler, Harmonices Mundi
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Inhuman: Reflections on Time
  • Plato, Timaeus
  • Vitruvius, Ten Books on Architecture

Breitschmid, who has joined the faculty of the School of Architecture + Design in 2004, received his architectural education in Switzerland , the United States, and Germany. Previously, Breitschmid has taught at Cornell University, the University of North Carolina, and the Catholic University of America. His scholarship encompasses what is commonly known as ‘German Modernism’ and focuses on the aesthetic mentality of Modernism.