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Albert Kahn
Architect of Ford

by Federico Bucci

Copyright 2002, Princeton Architectural Press
184 pages, Softcover, 9.5"x6"

From the front flap:
Albert Kahn's contribution to North American industrial architecture is best characterized by the simplicity in his designs of flexible spaces for manufacturing and production. Working in Detroit, Michigan, in the early 1900s, Kahn began a long and fruitful collaboration with automobile magnate Henry Ford, a creative partnership based on a shared vision of modernism and industry.

Kahn rapidly established himself in the early twentieth century as an architect capable of responding to the new demands of mass production. He employed a patented system of reinforced concrete, which had been developed by his brother, an engineer. Guided by functionalist principles and a sense of manufacturing organizations, Kahn anticipated assembly line operations and developed innovative characteristics for the modern factory.

Featured in these pages are Kahn's designs for the Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant, Dearborn, Michigan; Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Detroit, Michigan; Tractor Plant, Stalingrad, Russia; General Motors Building, Chicago World's Fair; and Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, Michigan.

Through incisive text by Federico Bucci, Albert Kahn brings to light the novelty of Kahn's work and his advancement of the machine aesthetic. Over ninety black-and-white photographs and drawings illustrate the projects designed by "the architect of Ford."

Contents
Introduction: Order Without a City Giancarlo Consonni
Authors Preface

FROM SELF-EDUCATION TO PIONEER WORK WITH FORD
From Rhaunen to Detroit: The Birth Of A Self-Made Man
Reinforced Concrete and Typological Invention
Highland Park: A Space Made to Order For The Assembly Line
River Rouge: The Second Fordist Revolution
Manufacturing Decentralization: The Third Fordist Revolution

PRODUCER OF PRODUCTION LINES 1929-1942
Theory and Practice of Industrial Architecture
The Soviet Adventure
Chicago 1934, New York 1939: Architecture For The Expositions
Plans For The Arsenal Of Democracy

TEMPOS AND METHODS OF CREATIVE PROCESS
Scientific Management of Design Work
Fordism and Architecture Firms

ECLECTICISM FOR MOTOR CITY
Detroit: Architecture and a City Between Modernity And Tradition
Fordist Architecture: A Model For Europe
American Style versus International Style

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