If you wanted to read someone‘s diary, have encountered Ernst Neufert as an architect or want to know more about the role of manuals in the history of science, I have news for you: the latest issue of BJHS Themes just came out. Called „Learning by the Book“ it is a collection of histories of manuals across time and space, investigating how knowledge is collected, constructed and consumed through manuals. Edited by the fabulous Angela Creager (Princeton University), Mathias Grote (HU Berlin) and Elaine Leong (MPI Berlin, UCL London), it is the printed result of a longer and even broader investigation over several years with workshops and conferences in Princeton and Berlin.
Here is the entire volume, it‘s Open Access and I can only recommend reading it, it‘s such a rich depository.
And here‘s my article on Neufert‘s Lebensgestaltungslehre, a manual he developed in diary entries over several years, never published, but (so I argue) central to an understanding of his other—published—manuals Bau-Entwurfslehre (1936) and Bauordnungslehre (1943).