The International Style

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The most influential work of architectural criticism and history of the twentieth century, now available in a handsomely designed new edition.
Initially produced as the catalog to accompany a controversial and groundbreaking 1932 Museum of Modern Art show of the then new architecture emerging in Europe and America, The International Style quickly became the definitive statement of the principles underlying the work of such giants as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Walter ...

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Overview

The most influential work of architectural criticism and history of the twentieth century, now available in a handsomely designed new edition.
Initially produced as the catalog to accompany a controversial and groundbreaking 1932 Museum of Modern Art show of the then new architecture emerging in Europe and America, The International Style quickly became the definitive statement of the principles underlying the work of such giants as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, and other pioneers. It might be said that Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson discovered as well as defined "the International Style," and over the decades their book has served as both a flashpoint for criticism and a frame for growth in the architectural profession. It has never been out of print in over sixty years.
This new edition has been completely redesigned and reset, and it features a new foreword by Philip Johnson, who reflects on the legacy of the International Style and examines the still-precarious power of architecture in our public life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393315189
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 914,353
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 1995 Edition 13
Foreword to the 1966 Edition 19
Preface 27
I Introduction: The Idea of Style 33
II History 38
III Functionalism 50
IV A First Principle: Architecture as Volume 55
V Surfacing Material 64
VI A Second Principle: Concerning Regularity 69
VII A Third Principle: The Avoidance of Applied Decoration 81
VIII Architecture and Building 90
IX Plans 96
X The Siedlung 100
Illustrations 107
Appendix: The International Style Twenty Years After 239
Indices 263
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