Cafes, restaurants, and hotels are at the core of the impact of modernity. With these places of taste and leisure, new architectural forms were promoted, creating the perfect setting for the public performance and image cultivation of urbanites in the emerging metropolises of the world.
At the heart of many urban myths, cafes are celebrated as intangible sacred places where works of art have been produced, revolutions plotted, lives made, and hearts broken. Cafes serve as the background to public display and sociability. The novel reading of the history of the hotel offers new insight into the context of social performance, analysing the development of tourism with its urbanisation of former natural landscapes. Paris heralded the emergence of the restaurant. As a cultural institution it represents the century-old culinary tradition and as such it is an antidote to the accelerated consumption of fast food.
By outlining the specific architectural, cultural, and social spaces that helped form the modern metropolis, Franziska Bollerey provides surprising new perspectives in a well-informed tour d'horizon - which is, above all, a true pleasure to read.
Text in English and German.
Franziska Bollerey is emerita Professor of History of Architecture and Town Planning at Delft University of Technology and Director of the Institute of History of Art, Architecture and Urbanism - IHAAU at Delft. Her research centres on utopian urban and architectural concepts, metropolises and the nineteen-twenties. She holds positions as visiting professor at several universities throughout the world and has published widely. Until the end of 2013, she has been Head of the Scientific Board of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Together with Christoph Grafe, she is editor of the journal of history of art, architecture and urbanism Eselsohren (themes of past issues include "Art and Industry" and "City Symphonies - Film Manifestos of Urban Experiences").