Alfred Neumann (1900–68) was a Czech architect whose work was wrought
in the context of postwar modernism and the establishment of the State
of Israel in 1948. Today, his influence and impact have been largely
forgotten, but, in their time, Neumann’s original designs received
praise and elicited controversy in almost equal measure, offering
exciting new possibilities to the modernist mainstream.
Space Packed: The Architecture of Alfred Neumann renews
attention to this pioneering architect who made a vast contribution to
modern architecture and had a lasting impact on Israel’s broader
architectural culture. Drawing on Neumann’s writings and close study of
both built and unbuilt projects, Rafi Segal discusses the development of
Neumann’s architectural theory and methodology and documents his built
works from the 1950s and ’60s against the backdrop of contemporary
architectural discourse and the demands of the newly created State of
Israel. The book also features a complete chronological catalog of
Neumann’s buildings and designs, fully illustrated, including many
previously unpublished photographs, drawings, and sketches.
The first book to provide a detailed account of Neumann’s work, Space Packed: The Architecture of Alfred Neumann celebrates
the career of this highly skilled and innovative architect, and it will
be welcomed by architects and architectural historians.