Architecture After Modernism

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An examination of the architectural world and its theories since the late 1960s in the context of social and political issues. It looks at a broad survey of buildings, but focuses on specific "megaprojects" as examples for discussion: the Disney empire and its amusement parks in the context of public space and the IBA in Berlin in the context of domestic space.
Its discussion of the reshaping of urban environment focuses on London's Dockland, the most ambitious and politically ...

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Overview

An examination of the architectural world and its theories since the late 1960s in the context of social and political issues. It looks at a broad survey of buildings, but focuses on specific "megaprojects" as examples for discussion: the Disney empire and its amusement parks in the context of public space and the IBA in Berlin in the context of domestic space.
Its discussion of the reshaping of urban environment focuses on London's Dockland, the most ambitious and politically sensitive development in postwar Britain. It also considers the work of lesser-known designers and women architects as well as famous international stars.

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Library Journal
Though students of architectural design are often most engaged by current work, critical histories of recent architecture are not plentiful. For that reason, Ghirardo's Out of Site: A Social Criticism of Architecture, LJ 4/1/91 book makes a significant contribution to information resources on the architecture of the past 25 years. In particular, the postmodern and deconstructivist work of the last ten years is emphasized in her clear, if not especially elegant, prose. In the introduction, the author constructs a historiography of architectural thought and criticism since the reign of modernism; she then divides the chapters not chronologically but thematically, discussing public space, domestic space, and "the urban sphere," this last section being untypically meandering at times. The strength of the book lies in its broad and international selection of examples, although, regrettably, many of them are discussed without illustration. The biggest disappointment is the relatively small number of photographs in color; by contrast, those in black and white are noticeably less descriptive. Recommended for all architecture collections.-Paul Glassman, Pratt Inst. Lib., Brooklyn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500202944
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Series: World of Art
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,279,299
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction
Ch. 1 Public Space 43
Disney takes command 45
The public spaces of malls and museums 63
Public space: an epilogue 102
Ch. 2 Domestic Space 107
IBA (Internationale Bauausstellung), Berlin 108
Houses for the traditional family 130
Multi-family housing 147
Ch. 3 Reconfiguring the Urban Sphere 171
Industrial wastelands 172
Urban interventions in Spain and France 194
The world of work 208
Notes on Architects 229
Selected Bibliography 233
Illustration Credits 236
Index 237
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