Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Alfred Neumann architectural records and papers, 1900-1985, bulk 1950s-1960s

Series IX: Reference

The series is composed of materials Neumann may have used over the course of his researches on space packing, for his various articles, his book L'Humanisation de L'Espace: Le Système M-Phi, or for lectures. It contains architecture periodicals, newspaper and magazine clippings on architectural topics, photographs of Brno interiors, academic papers and articles, and the contents of seven slide boxes, which may have been used for Neumann's lectures. The first three slide boxes primarily contain photographs of Neumann's projects. The latter boxes contain personal photographs, images taken from published sources, and diagrams pertaining to Neumann's researches on polyhedral geometry, morphological architecture, and proportion.

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Box 8 Folder 23 L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, vol. 9, no. 4, April, 1938

French language architecture periodical



Box 8 Folder 24 Techniques et Architecture, vol. 5, no. 3-4, March-April, 1945

French language architecture periodical



Box 8 Folder 25 Techniques et Architecture, vol. 5, no. 3-4, October, 1945

French language architecture periodical



Box 8 Folder 26 Kokusai Kentiku, international review of architecture, vol. 25, no. 9, September, 1958

Japanese language architecture periodical



Box 8 Folder 27 L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, insert, 1966

French language; regarding the death of Andre Bloc



Box 8 Folder 28 Architecture Canada (Journal RAIC), vol. 44, no. 4, April, 1967

English language architecture periodical, with limited French



Box 8 Folder 29 On the Climax-Vegetation of the Negev, with Special Reference to Arid Pasture Problems, 1949

Contains article written by H. Boyko and reprinted from the Palestine Journal of Botany, Rehovot Series (vol. VII); this article may have been used by Neumann over the course of his researches into climate and landscape in Israel (English)



Box 8 Folder 30 Survey of the current status of architectural research at US universities, January, 1959

Paper by Ezra Ehrenkrantz of the University of California, Berkeley (English)



Box 8 Folder 31 Development of the number pattern for modular coordination, flexibility through standardization, September, 1959

Paper by Ezra Ehrenkrantz of the University of California, Berkeley (English)



Box 8 Folder 32 Design with Sunrays: A New Technology of Art, July, 1965

Paper by P.K. Hoenich of the faculty of the Technion, given to Neumann by the author (English)



Box 8 Folder 33 Miscellaneous reference material (articles), 1959, undated

Includes article about the construction of theaters in Brno (architect B. Fuchs), article entitled Omodulor: Instrument of Proportion in the S.A. Architectural Record, and article on Frank Lloyd Wright (English, Czech)



Box 8 Folder 34 Miscellaneous reference material (clippings), 1967, 1968, undated

Includes magazine clippings pertaining to architecture, urban planning, interior design, and art; furniture advertisements; notices for books on the topics of dock and harbor engineering and heavy construction; an article in Le Monde regarding architectural projects of a Prix de Rome winner (English, French)



Box 8 Folder 35 Israeli press clippings, unspecified topics, 1961, 1963, 1966-1968, undated

Contains 72 clippings from Israeli newspapers; some clippings are stapled together or have notes attached (Hebrew)



Box 8 Folder 36 Pamphlets on morphological topics, undated

Contains pamphlets on the books Principes de Morphologie Generale by Edouard Monod-Herzen, and Aspects of Form, a Symposium on Form in Nature and Art edited by Lancelot Law Whyte; also contains program for lectures on morphological topics (French, English, German)



Box 8 Folder 37 Reference for architecture study, undated

Contains chart of various views of a residential building and worksheet with mathematical or architectural exercises (possibly intended for student work) (German)



Box 8 Folder 38 Photographs of interiors, undated

Photographs of interior designs and furniture of private homes in Brno (38 photographs)



Box 8 Folder 39 Photographs of buildings, undated

Contains 3 photographs of a building probably designed by Yona Friedman in Haifa, and 36 photographs of buildings under construction for Expo 1967 and Habitat Montreal, from an envelope labeled "expo in construction, Habitat"



Box 8 Folder 40 Igael Tumarkin, exhibition catalogue, 1965, undated

Includes exhibition invitation, pamphlet regarding Tumarkin's bronze sculptures (in English and Hebrew), and 8 photographs of sculptures



Box 8 Folder 41 Art reference (photographic negatives), undated

Paintings, African sculpture, art objects (negatives for 34 photographs)



Box 8 Folder 42 to 43 Miscellaneous projects (slide box 1), undated

Contains slides for Neumann's student and early projects (including Villa en Californie, Maison Bateau, and Groupe Scolaire at Boulogue sur Seine), Achziv holiday village, Mechmoret holiday camp, Kiryat Yam holiday camp, Bat Yam town hall, Natanya town hall, and Ashdod city center (consists of photographic reproductions of drawings, photographs of models, and photographs of the completed buildings)



Box 8 Folder 44 to 45 Miscellaneous projects (slide box 2), undated

Contains slides for Dubiner House at Ramat Gan, Village for Arab refugees at Ein Rafa, space packing projects (hotel and dormitories), and a painting (one slide depicts Alfred with Naomi in a Tel Aviv office) (consists of photographic reproductions of drawings, photographs of models, and photographs of the completed buildings)



Box 8 Folder 46 to 47 Miscellaneous projects (slide box 3), undated

Contains slides for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Danciger Building), Synagogue in the Negev desert, Jerusalem gate, synagogue project, Amsterdam town hall, El Al air terminal, Beit Zayit youth camp, and photographs of polyhedric models (consists of photographic reproductions of drawings, photographs of models, and photographs of the completed buildings)



Box 8 Folder 48 Frank Lloyd Wright (slide box 4), undated

1 (10 slides), 2 (17 slides), 3 (10 slides), 4 (13 slides); includes images of American architecture taken from published sources (possibly used for lectures)



Box 8 Folder 49 Round houses, animal houses (slide box 5), undated

1 (6 slides), 2 (4 slides), 3 (4 slides), 4 (15 slides), 5 (6 slides), 6 (3 slides), 7 (5 slides), 8 (5 slides), 9 (5 slides), 10 (6 slides), 11 (8 slides), 12 (5 slides); includes reproductions from books and National Geographic magazine (possibly used for lectures)



Box 8 Folder 50 Reference (slide box 6), undated

1 (6 slides), 2 (6 slides), 3 (5 slides), 4 (4 slides), 5 (8 slides), 6 (6 slides), 7 (4 slides); includes reproductions of paintings, reproductions from books, exteriors and interiors, possible travel photos, photographs of an architectural model (possibly used for lectures)



Box 8 Folder 51 Fejes Thot, MC Escher, St. Marco (slide box 7), undated

1 (4 slides), 2 (5 slides), 3 (12 slides), 4 (17 slides), 5 (9 slides); includes images of buildings, architectural drawings taken from a publication by L. Fejes Thot, photographs of architectural models, MC Escher artworks (possibly used for lectures)



Box 8 Folder 52 to 53 Boyd, Proportions, Polyhedra, M Phi (slide box 8), undated

1 (7 slides), 2 (13 slides), 3 (16 slides), 4 (15 slides), 5 (13 slides), 6 (16 slides), 7 (7 slides), 8 (14 slides), 9 (10 slides), 10 (8 slides), 11 (12 slides), 12 (7 slides); includes reproductions from books, geometric diagrams, perspective diagrams, drawings illustrating concepts of proportion (possibly used for lectures)



Box 8 Folder 54 Symmetry, interiors, structure, ornament (slide box 9), undated

1 (10 slides), 2 (7 slides), 3 (8 slides), 4 (7 slides), 5 (7 slides), 6 (7 slides), 7 (4 slides), 8 (14 slides), 10 (14 slides), 11 (14 slides); includes reproductions from books, geometric diagrams, images of insects, plants, animals, interiors, furniture, reproductions of paintings and sculptures (possibly used for lectures)



Box 8 Folder 55 Round houses, animal houses, square and transition houses (slide box 10), undated

1 (13 slides), 2 (8 slides), 3 (7 slides), 4 (7 slides), 5 (6 slides), 6 (8 slides), 7 (1 slide), 8 (8 slides), 9 (7 slides), 10 (8 slides), 11 (8 slides), 12 (7 slides); includes reproductions from books, architectural diagrams, landscape photographs, images of non-Western architecture, maps of villages (possibly used for lectures)