Architecture in the Twentieth Century

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The must-have architecture manual: A century of great buildings and their creators

This is the be-all-end-all reference work for architecture in the 20th century. From Frank Lloyd Wright to Antoni Gaudí to Frank O. Gehry to Shigeru Ban and all the best stuff in between, it’s all here. The chronologically organized chapters put it all into perspective, illustrated by hundreds of large-format photos as well as a plenitude of drawings and floor plans. The biographical appendix ...

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Overview

The must-have architecture manual: A century of great buildings and their creators

This is the be-all-end-all reference work for architecture in the 20th century. From Frank Lloyd Wright to Antoni Gaudí to Frank O. Gehry to Shigeru Ban and all the best stuff in between, it’s all here. The chronologically organized chapters put it all into perspective, illustrated by hundreds of large-format photos as well as a plenitude of drawings and floor plans. The biographical appendix covers all of the century’s greatest architects, including today’s new talents. An indispensable reference work and an absolute must for all lovers of architecture!

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In monographs on Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn and others, Peter Gossel has distinguished himself as a perceptive chronicler of modern architecture. His large scale Architecture in the Twentieth Century demonstrates his ability to present the almost dizzyingly intricate story of its past hundred years in an enlightening way. In its 608 pages, one finds a history of its development, competing schools, and greatest achievements. Gossel's rich descriptions and biographical appendix are augmented by hundreds of photographs, drawings, and floor plans. Taschen at its best.

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After several pages of prologue summing up 18th century highlights<-->especially the rise in importance of geometry<-->some forty pages cover 1784-1916, focusing on the heavily fenestrated high-rises of the Chicago School and the iron and glass pavilions of Europe. The chapter spanning 1892-1925 concentrates on the many disputes over the trajectory of modernism: Nieuwe Kunst, Stile Liberty, Jugendstil, and Art Nouveau, all arguing the direction that the boom of prisons, hospitals, schools, town halls, and other institutional buildings would take. Three more time divisions follow and a concise compendium of architect biographies ends the volume. Along with an array of great pictures (par for Taschen), G<:o>ssel and Leuth<:a>user<-->both active in the private sector<-->add a strong prose style attentive to debates among architects and the socioeconomic stage on which architects act. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783836541183
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Series: 25 Series
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 688,697
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 2.10 (d)

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Peter Gössel runs an agency for museum and exhibition design. For TASCHEN he published monographs on Julius Shulman, R.M. Schindler, John Lautner and Richard Neutra as well as several titles in the Basic Architecture Series.

Gabriele Leuthäuser worked as a scholarly associate at Centrum Industriekultur Nürnberg until 1984. She worked as a freelance consultant advising on exhibitions, museums, and industrial enterprises until her death in 2013.

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Table of Contents

1784-1916
Prologue 10
Of Iron Giants and Glass Virgins 16
The Chicago School 32
1892-1925
L'Entree du siecle 42
In the Far Landscape 66
Circle and Square 78
The Modern Factory 90
Creative in Concrete 104
1912-1939
The Return of Art 118
Volumetric Experiments 136
Housing Estates 152
Machines for Living In 164
The International Style 174
New Deal 204
1944-1971
Case Studies 216
Less is More 224
Stonebound 238
The Flying Roof 248
Concrete Containers 256
1956-2000
Learning from Las Vegas 270
The Whites 280
Work on Modernism 292
The Rational South 306
Open Structures 318
The Post-Modern City 338
Bellevue 350
Concrete Poems 362
The New Pleasure in Materials 380
The Curvature of Space 390
Biographies 406
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