“Danger in the Smallest Dose”: Richard Neutra's Design Theory

@article{Cronan2011DangerIT,
  title={“Danger in the Smallest Dose”: Richard Neutra's Design Theory},
  author={Todd Cronan},
  journal={Design and Culture},
  year={2011},
  volume={3},
  pages={165 - 191}
}
  • T. Cronan
  • Published 1 July 2011
  • Art
  • Design and Culture
ABSTRACT Over forty years Richard Neutra elaborated a complex design theory to support his architectural practice. At the root of his concerns was the capacity of design elements to both advance and destroy human sensory life. This essay explores the shift that occurs from Neutra's early ideals—centered on notions of open planning, user interactivity and design plasticity—to his later commitment to a psychoanalytically informed architecture. Neutra's postwar structures aimed to recreate the… 
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