Building in France, Building in Iron, Building in Ferroconcrete

Overview

This classic of twentieth-century architectural literature, now available in English for the first time, presents Sigfried Giedion's provocative vision of architecture in the industrial era and his response to technological advances in the production of key building materials.

Giedion shows how iron and reinforced concrete allowed the construction of buildings of unprecedented size and openness in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Focusing on the radical ...

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Overview

This classic of twentieth-century architectural literature, now available in English for the first time, presents Sigfried Giedion's provocative vision of architecture in the industrial era and his response to technological advances in the production of key building materials.

Giedion shows how iron and reinforced concrete allowed the construction of buildings of unprecedented size and openness in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Focusing on the radical possibilities of skeletal support structures, he celebrates innovative uses of these materials in buildings from the Eiffel Tower and the Crystal Palace to glass-canopied railroad stations, department stores, and exhibition halls.

With this volume, first published in 1928, Giedion became a leading advocate of modern architecture. He was the first to exalt Le Corbusier as the champion of the new style, at the expense of a considerable body of Germanic theory and practice, and his arguments strongly influenced the direction of architecture for the next four decades. Later, although diluting his criticism of architectual thought in previous periods, Giedion incorporated much of this text into Space, Time, and Architecture, his best-known work.

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This is the first English translation of a classic of 20th-century architectural literature originally published in 1928 by Klinkhardt and Biermann, presenting Giedion's vision of architecture in the industrial era and his response to technological advances in the production of building materials. Includes a 1995 introduction on Giedion's career and the historical and architectural context of his work, excellent quality b&w photos, cover art by Laszo Moholy- Nagy, and Giedion's original layout sketches and notes for the book. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892363193
  • Publisher: The Getty Center For The History Of Art
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Texts and Documents Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Sokratis Georgiadis
Building in France, Building in Iron, Building in Ferroconcrete
Sigfried Giedion
Introduction
Iron
1800-1850 First Attempts
1850-1890 Experimental Architecture
Ferroconcrete
1900-1920 A. G. Perret
1920-1927 Le Corbusier and the Younger Generation
Appendix
Illustration Credits
Sigfried Giedion: A Biographical Sketch
Index

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