LE SOUVENIR D’AUJOURD’HUI EST LE RÊVE D’HIER
A number of actions need to be carried out in order to be able to read the manuscript: unlatch, open out, place the document that is hanging on the hook at the back of the book (the ‘archive’) in the groove in the slide box, and remove the souvenir and hang it on the hook on the wall of the interior.
The document contains a picture of the living room in the model dwelling by J.J.P. Oud in the Weissenhof Siedlung in Stuttgart (1927). The image reflects the idealistic longing for a new age. It is the realized dream of a new architecture.
What in the 20s was the image of a utopian future is a memory for us today. The image has become an archetype, an archetypal image of modern architecture. It is the image of a nostalgic memory.