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Changing Ideals in Modern Architecture revolutionized the understanding of modernism in architecture, pushing back the sense of its origin from the early twentieth century to the 1750s and thus placing architectural thought within the a broader context of Western intellectual history. This new edition of Peter Collins's ground-breaking study includes all seventy-two illustrations of the original hard cover edition, which has been out of print since 1967, and restores the large format.

Collins explains what Revivalism, Rationalism, Eclecticism, and Functionalism meant to those who practised them, examining the impact that social forces and the other arts and sciences had on architectural styles while recognizing the tectonic continuities that underlie the seeming ruptures between pre-modern, modern, and post-modern approaches to design. His work is infused with a deep sympathy for the classical spirit of the eighteenth century and he argued rigorously and passionately that Enlightenment ideas could be of real value to the architects of his generation, particularly since technology had made it possible to use mere effectively. Collins's plea for sensitivity to tradition and the urban fabric while encouraging technological innovation and unprecedented programs makes his thought just as vital today as it was ahead of its time when first published.

Collins had long wished to see an affordable, fully illustrated edition of his book and McGill-Queen's University Press and the McGill School of Architecture are proud to at long last fulfil this wish. The new edition includes a biographical sketch of Collins, a brief publication history of the work, and an introductory essay by KennethFrampton that discusses the importance of the work at the time it was first published and highlights its relevance for the architectural problems of today.

Like the classic works of Hitchcock, Giedion, Pevsner, and Benevolo, Changing Ideals in Modern Architecture is essential reading and forms a striking contrast with other works on modernism, such as Reyner Banham's. It will be pertinent to all those interested in architectural history and theory, modern history, history of ideas, and aesthetics.

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"Even now, after so much of its substance has been elaborated by subsequent scholarship, Changing Ideals in Modern Architecture remains a pioneering achievement. It still provides an ideological history of the modern movement, covering an extremely wide trajectory and one which is animated throughout by a sharp critical bias. Its challenging originality stems from the way in which Collins constantly begs the question as to the fundamental nature of tectonic modernity as this has evolved over the last two centuries." Kenneth Frampton, from the Introduction
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773500488
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1965
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition
Notes on the Publication of Changing Ideals in Modern Architecture
Preface
Acknowledgments
Illustrations
Introduction 15
Romanticism
1 Revolutionary Architecture 21
2 The Influence of Historiography 29
3 The Influence of the Picturesque 42
Revivalism
4 The Awareness of Styles 61
5 Primitivism and Progress 67
6 The Roman Revival 70
7 The Greek Revival 79
8 The Renaissance Revival 96
9 Gothic Nationalism 100
10 Gothic Ecclesiology and Social Reform 106
11 Polychromy 111
12 Eclecticism 117
13 The Demand for a New Architecture 128
Functionalism
14 The Biological Analogy 149
15 The Mechanical Analogy 159
16 The Gastronomic Analogy 167
17 The Linguistic Analogy 173
Rationalism
18 The Influence of Civil and Military Engineers 185
19 Rationalism 198
20 New Planning Problems 218
The Influence of the Allied Arts
21 The Influence of Literature and Criticism 243
22 The Influence of Industrial Design 265
23 The Influence of Painting and Sculpture 271
24 New Concepts of Space 285
Epilogue 295
Bibliographical Note 301
Index of Illustrations 303
Index of Text 305
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Foreword

"Changing Ideals in Modern Architecture remains a pioneering achievement. Its challenging originality stems from the way in which collins questiions the fundamental role played by structural form in the evolution of modern architecture over the last two centuries."
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