Architecture of Democracy: American Architecture and the Legacy of the Revolution

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Centered on his intriguing synthesis of the American republic's architectural and democratic traditions, Allan Greenberg's essay moves across geography and through history as the renowned architect and scholar makes the case that America's architectural tradition and political ideals are deeply connected.At the core of the American democratic architectural tradition is the modest, single-family house, which gave rise to the statehouse, the courthouse, the firehouse, the schoolhouse, the jailhouse, and the ...
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Centered on his intriguing synthesis of the American republic's architectural and democratic traditions, Allan Greenberg's essay moves across geography and through history as the renowned architect and scholar makes the case that America's architectural tradition and political ideals are deeply connected.At the core of the American democratic architectural tradition is the modest, single-family house, which gave rise to the statehouse, the courthouse, the firehouse, the schoolhouse, the jailhouse, and the President's house (as it was known before it became the White House).Generously illustrated and skillfully written, Architecture of Democracy traces a common line from the earliest colonial settlements to the Western frontier of the nineteenth century and today's ultramodern city centers. The volume will imbue in its readers a newfound appreciation for the democratic ideals that American architecture strives to express and uphold.
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Architects designing buildings today create modern-looking structures honoring historical forms by including elements featured in historic architecture. Award-winning architect Greenberg takes an entirely different approach. Greenberg creates buildings that, from the exterior, look as though they might have stepped out of America's 17th or 18th century. Through his work, he has compiled years of historical information and contemporary ideas, and he shares his reflections here, along with an intriguing discussion that outlines the places where American democracy, American architectural style, and architectural theory intersect time and again. The book's three primary sections draw a parallel between American homes, public buildings, monuments, and skyscrapers and American democracy. The first chapter is autobiographical and includes a description of Greenberg's education and exploration of architecture. Each chapter contains color and black-and-white photographs that provide persuasive visual examples of the elements discussed within the text. Architecture of Democracy allows readers excellent insight into Greenberg's work and is a basis for understanding American architecture. Recommended for public and academic libraries with large architecture and/or American history collections. Valerie Nye, Coll. of Santa Fe, NM Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780847827930
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 10.39 (w) x 10.27 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Greenberg ranks among the top architects active today. Educated at the Yale School of Architecture under Paul Rudolph, Greenberg has been widely influential in furthering architectural scholarship and practice through his writings, public lectures, teaching, and commissions.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The American house 28
Pt. 2 Public buildings 70
Pt. 3 Democracy, anthropomorphism, and architecture 124
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