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The Future of Architecture Since 1889

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by Jean-Louis Cohen
 

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Truly far-ranging — both conceptually and geographically — The Future of Architecture Since 1889 is a rich, compelling history that will shape future thinking out this period for years to come. Jean-Louis Cohen, one of today's most distinguished architectural historians and critics, gives an authoritative and compelling account of the twentieth

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Truly far-ranging — both conceptually and geographically — The Future of Architecture Since 1889 is a rich, compelling history that will shape future thinking out this period for years to come. Jean-Louis Cohen, one of today's most distinguished architectural historians and critics, gives an authoritative and compelling account of the twentieth century, tracing an arc from industrialization through computerization, and linking architecture to developments in art, technology, urbanism and critical theory. Encompassing both well-known masters and previously neglected but significant architects, this book also reflects Cohen's deep knowledge of architecture across the globe, and in places such Eastern Europe and colonial Africa and South America that have rarely been included in histories of this period.

It is richly illustrated not only with buildings, projects and plans, but also with publications, portraits, paintings, diagrams, film stills, and exhibitions, showing the immense diversity of architectural thought and production throughout the twentieth century.

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"The Future of Architecture is the best comprehensive history of modernism to appear in a generation." - The New York Review of Books"

Cohen provides not just a survey of architecture in the form of buildings and projects, but a sweeping history encompassing the ideas that have shaped the architectural achievements of the past century." - Architectural Record"

This 5o0-plus-page tome charts the saga of 20th-century architecture, serving it up in bite-sized, thematic chapters liberally sprinkled with illustrations (many in color) and seasoned with discussions of lesser-known works and designers." - Library Journal, starred review"

Written in French, translated into English, and impeccably edited by Joan Ockman, this is an exceptional, erudite text. . ." - Kenneth Frampton for The Architect's Newspaper"

A stimulating thematic approach. . .to contextualize the blockbuster buildings we know and love." - Architectural Digest"

The eminent architectural historian. . .joins an academic perspective with a narrative voice that replaces industry jargon with a fascinating account. His global viewpoint is rare in this kind of work. . ." - Cool Hunting"

A comprehensive, cross-cultural history of the modern building. . ." - ELLE Decor"

Few architectural historians are as lucid and insightful as Jean-Louis Cohen, and this magisterial survey distills his encyclopedic knowledge of the highways and byways of modernism. . .This is a must-have for architects, students, and anyone who cares about the environment." - Form

Library Journal
This 500-plus-page tome charts the saga of 20th-century architecture, serving it up in bite-sized, thematic chapters liberally sprinkled with illustrations (many in color) and seasoned with discussions of lesser-known works and designers. What Cohen (Sheldon H. Solow Professor, architecture, Inst. of Fine Arts, New York Univ.; Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War) brings to the oft-covered subject of 20th-century architecture is a history that goes beyond major works and figures and instead offers readers a reordered view of the familiar landscape. This includes greater coverage of the groundbreaking early work of well-known architects, work by less famous or farther-flung designers, architectural theory, projects never built, and issues of city planning. VERDICT As with so many far-ranging histories, some topics suffer from being set aside and picked up again in later chapters, but this won't pose a problem to anyone who already has a basic knowledge of architectural history. Moreover, what the book loses in continuity, it gains in accessibility: chapters read like self-contained, well-illustrated essays that will appeal to both the casual reader and the avid student.—Amy Trendler, Ball State Univ. Libs., Muncie, IN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714845982
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Pages:
638
Sales rank:
412,669
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Jean-Louis Cohen is one of the most authoritative historians of twentieth-century architecture and urbanism. He is the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU University. An articulate writer, popular lecturer, commentator for the French media, and leader of research teams, Cohen has received many honors and is the author of numerous books and articles about nearly every aspect of how modernization has affected the built environment.

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jayjays-girl More than 1 year ago
A must read