Puerto Rico’s Henry Klumb: A Modern Architect’s Sense of Place

1st Edition

Cesar A Cruz

April 16, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9780367149727 - CAT# K413209
Series: Routledge Research in Architecture

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This book follows Henry Klumb’s life in architecture from Cologne, Germany to Puerto Rico. Arriving on the island, Klumb was a one-time German immigrant, a moderately successful designer, and previously a senior draftsman with Frank Lloyd Wright.

Over the next forty years Klumb would emerge as Puerto Rico’s most prolific, locally well-known and celebrated modern architect. In addition to becoming a leading figure in Latin American modern architecture, Klumb also became one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most accomplished protégés, and an architect with a highly attuned social and environmental consciousness. Cruz explores his life, works, and legacy through the lens of a sense of place, defined as the beliefs that people adopt, actions undertaken and feelings developed towards specific locations and spaces. He argues that the architect’s sense of place was a defining quality of his life and work, most evident in the houses he designed and built in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s Henry Klumb offers a historical narrative, culminating in a series of architectural analyses focusing on four key design strategies employed in Klumb’s work: vernacular architecture, the grid and the landscape, dense urban spaces and open-air rooms. This book is aimed at researchers, academics and postgraduate students interested in Latin American architecture, modernism and architectural history.

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