Architecture and Democracy

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Architecture and Democracy

By Claude Bragdon

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Claude Fayette Bragdon (August 1, 1866 - 1946) was an American architect, writer, and stage designer based in Rochester, New York, up to World War I, then in New York City.

The designer of Rochester's New York Central Railroad terminal (1909-13) and Chamber of Commerce...

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Architecture and Democracy

By Claude Bragdon

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Claude Fayette Bragdon (August 1, 1866 - 1946) was an American architect, writer, and stage designer based in Rochester, New York, up to World War I, then in New York City.

The designer of Rochester's New York Central Railroad terminal (1909-13) and Chamber of Commerce (1915-17), as well as many other public buildings and private residences, Bragdon enjoyed a national reputation as an architect working in the progressive tradition associated with Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Along with members of the Prairie School and other regional movements, these architects developed new approaches to the planning, design, and ornamentation of buildings that embraced industrial techniques and building types while reaffirming democratic traditions threatened by the rise of urban mass society. In numerous essays and books, Bragdon argued that only an "organic architecture" based on nature could foster democratic community in industrial capitalist society.

This book can lay no claim to unity of theme, since its subjects range from skyscrapers to symbols and soul states; but the author claims for it nevertheless a unity of point of view, and one (correct or not) so comprehensive as to include in one synthesis every subject dealt with. For according to that point of view, a skyscraper is only a symbol-and of what? A condition of consciousness, that is, a state of the soul. Democracy even, we are beginning to discover, is a condition of consciousness too.

Our only hope of understanding the welter of life in which we are immersed, as in a swift and muddy river, is in ascending as near to its pure source as we can. That source is in consciousness and consciousness is in ourselves.

This is the point of view from which each problem dealt with has been attacked; but lest the author be at once set down as an impracticable dreamer, dwelling aloof in an ivory tower, the reader should know that his book has been written in the scant intervals afforded by the practice of the profession of architecture, so broadened as to include the study of abstract form, the creation of ornament, experiments with color and light, and such occasional educational activities as from time to time he has been called upon to perform at one or another architectural school.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781492850076
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/29/2013
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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