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Architecture as a Synthesis of the Arts - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy bookArchitecture As a Synthesis of the Arts
8 lectures plus extracts and notes by Rudolf Steiner

See also: Architecture - An Introductory Reader

Architecture as a Synthesis of the Arts introduces Rudolf Steiner's vision of architecture as a culmination and synthesis of all art forms. Such an architecture unites sculpture, painting, and engraving as well as drama, music and dance - a vital synthesis of all the arts working in cooperation through the common ideal of awakening us to our individuality and task in life. Unlike many of his contemporaries, however, Steiner's ideas did not remain abstract. Within his lifetime he was able to design and construct a number of buildings, including his architectural masterpiece, the Goetheanum - a centre for culture and arts near Basle, Switzerland. In these lectures Steiner describes, with reference to the Goetheanum, the importance of an architecturally coherent and integrated community, and how this in turn affects social unity and harmony. Includes eight colour plates and 30 black & white illustrations. A valuable collection for students of architecture, the arts, social science, or anybody seeker deeper spiritual understanding.

Trans: J. Collis (8 lectures plus extracts and notes, based on GA286); 216pp
Rudolf Steiner Press
1 85584 057 X; paperback

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.
 


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