From Autos to Architecture: Fordism and Architectural Aesthetics in the Twentieth Century [NOOK Book]

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One of the most interesting questions in architectural history is why modern architecture emerged from the war-ravaged regions of central Europe and not the United States, whose techniques of mass production and mechanical products so inspired the first generation of modern architects like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius. In From Autos to Architecture, sociologist David Gartman offers a critical social history that shows how Fordist mass production and industrial architecture in America ...
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From Autos to Architecture: Fordism and Architectural Aesthetics in the Twentieth Century

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Overview

One of the most interesting questions in architectural history is why modern architecture emerged from the war-ravaged regions of central Europe and not the United States, whose techniques of mass production and mechanical products so inspired the first generation of modern architects like Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius. In From Autos to Architecture, sociologist David Gartman offers a critical social history that shows how Fordist mass production and industrial architecture in America influenced European designers to an extent previously not understood. Drawing on Marxist economics, the Frankfurt School, and French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, From Autos to Architecture deftly illustrates the different class structures and struggles of America and Europe. Examining architecture in the context of social conflicts, From Autos to Architecture offers a critical alternative to standard architectural histories focused on aesthetics alone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568989600
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

David Gartman is a professor of sociology at the University of South Alabama.
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Table of Contents

Preface 6

1 Introduction: The Problematic Aesthetics of Fordism 10

2 Modernism and the Model T: The Misplaced Development of the Machine Aesthetic 24

3 Displaced Dreams of Wholeness: The Depression-Era Retreat of Modernism 120

4 Efficiency and Fantasy: The Bifurcated Architecture of Postwar Technocracy 190

5 Revolt Against the Machine: The 1960s and the Death of Modernism 250

6 Disney Goes Downtown: Post-Fordism, Postmodernism, and the Collapse of Spatial Segregation 310

Index 396

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