Wagner, Martin

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Name
Wagner, Martin Gender: M
born on 5 November 1885 at 14:30 (= 2:30 PM )
Place Kaliningrad (Königsberg), Russian Federation, 54n43, 20e30
Timezone LMT m20e30 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 13°19' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 27°11 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 09°12'



Biography

German-American architect, city planner, and author, best known as the driving force behind the construction of modernist housing projects in interwar Berlin.

He served as the chief city planner of Berlin from 1925, and most of Berlin's Modernist Housing Estates, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were constructed under his leadership. In 1924 he founded the building society GEHAG, which was responsible for seventy percent of Berlin's housing built from 1924 through 1933, amounting to many thousands of residential units.

n his German projects Wagner was a frequent collaborator with German landscape architect Leberecht Migge.

As the Nazis came to power through the early 1930s, Wagner fell under increasing pressure and suspicion as a committed Social Democrat and longtime member of the SPD. He was expelled from the Deutscher Werkbund in 1933 and decided to leave the country. He spent three years in Turkey in exile. His work there included the city plan for Ankara, and a brief reunion with colleague Bruno Taut.

In 1938 Wagner took a position teaching city planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, his immigration to the United States assisted by his colleague Walter Gropius.

Wagner took American citizenship in 1944; he served as professor at the GSD until retirement in 1951.

He died on 28 May 1957 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • associate relationship with Gutkind, Erwin Anton (born 20 May 1886). Notes: Members of "The Ring of Ten"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Taut, Bruno (born 4 May 1880). Notes: Colleagues

Events

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth record.

Categories

  • Vocation : Building Trades : Architect/ Planner
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction