American Architecture,Second Edition / Edition 2

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Overview

America has always presented a unique challenge to architects: should they emulate the Old World or respond to the demands of the New? David Handlin tells the complex story with lucidity and insight. Almost from its seventeenth-century beginnings, American architecture was subject to two apparently contradictory processesthe practical and the grandiose. The first comes through in the vernacular buildings of rural America, the innovations of Jefferson, Bulfinch's fine civic buildings, the offices and factories of the Industrial Age, and the comfortable domestic tradition that lies behind the houses of the Greene Brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright. The second is seen in the unprecedented daring of the Chicago Schoolgreat engineers like Adler united with great designers like Sullivan; in the majestic state capitols, exhibition halls, and public buildings by firms such as McKim, Mead & White; in the luxury of Fifth Avenue mansions; and in the exuberance of commercial Manhattan.The revised edition ends with a lively account of recent developmentsvirtual architecture, the revival of historical styles (including modernism), the thirst for striking originality, and a new interest in the local, with figures including Stern, Meier, Gehry, and Mockbee. 264 illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500203736
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 2/23/2004
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David P. Handlin was born in Boston and educated at Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, England, where from 1973 to 1978 he lectured in the Department of Architecture. From 1979 to 1985 he was Associate Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is now president and founding partner of Handlin, Garrahan, Zachos and Associates, Inc., an architecture firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of The American Home, Architecture and Society, 1815-1915 (1979).
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 The Unbuilt Spire: The Architecture of the American Colonies 9
2 Temples in Arcadia: The Architecture of the New Republic 39
3 Beauty and the Industrial Beast: Architecture for a Culture of Commerce 70
4 Toward New Types: Romanesque for an Industrial Society 100
5 The Cause Conservative: The Architecture of the American Renaissance 132
6 The Lost Momentum: The Architecture of the 1920s 167
7 The International Style and Beyond: The Architecture of the New Deal 197
8 From Less Is More to Less Is a Bore: The Architecture of Postwar America 232
9 Looking Backward and Forward 268
Bibliography 291
Acknowledgments for Illustrations 297
Index 299
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