One of the fundamental tenets of modernism was its image of
hygiene, its ideal of bringing cleanliness and order to the great
unwashed, as evident in Adolf Loos's 1898 article, "Plumbers."
Using Loos as a point of departure, the essays in this collection
examine architecture through the multiple meanings inherent in
plumbingC'from the pipes of modern hygiene, to the plumb line of
the right angle, to Marcel Duchamp's Ready-made urinal.
Essay titles include "Siegfried Giedion and the Fascination of
the Tub," "The Pneumatic Bathroom," "Bathrooms and Kitchens:
Cleaning House with Duchamp," "Architects' Bellies: The Plumbing of
Masculine Conceptions," and, of course, Loos's "Plumbers." Among
the contributors are Victor Burgin, Xavier Costa, Marco Frascari,
Harry Francis Mallgrave, and Helen Molesworth.
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