Modern Architectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673-1968

Modern Architectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673-1968

by Harry Francis Mallgrave
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521793068

ISBN-13: 9780521793063

Pub. Date: 04/18/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Modern Architectural Theory is the first book to provide a comprehensive survey of architectural theory, primarily in Europe and the United States, during three centuries of development. In this synthetic overview, Harry Mallgrave examines architectural discourse within its social and political context. He explores the philosophical and conceptual evolution of its…  See more details below

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Modern Architectural Theory is the first book to provide a comprehensive survey of architectural theory, primarily in Europe and the United States, during three centuries of development. In this synthetic overview, Harry Mallgrave examines architectural discourse within its social and political context. He explores the philosophical and conceptual evolution of its ideas, discusses the relation of theory to the practice of building, and, most importantly, considers the words of the architects themselves as they contentiously shaped Western architecture. He also examines the compelling currents of French rationalist and British empiricist thought, radical reformation of the theory during the Enlightenment, the intellectual ambitions and historicist debates of the nineteenth century, and the distinctive varieties of modern theory in the twentieth century up to the profound social upheaval of the 1960s. Modern Architectural Theory challenges many assumptions about architectural modernism and uncovers many new dimensions of the debates about modernism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521793063
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/18/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
503
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 10.87(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1Prelude1
2The enlightenment and neoclassical theory13
3British theory in the eighteenth century44
4Neoclassicism and historicism67
5The rise of German theory91
6Competing directions at midcentury114
7Historicism in the United States140
8The arts and crafts movements170
9Excursus on a few of the conceptual foundations of twentieth-century German modernism195
10Modernism 1889-1914204
11European modernism 1917-1933235
12American modernism 1917-1934279
13Depression, war, and aftermath, 1934-1958305
14Challenges to modernism in Europe 1959-1967355
15Challenges to modernism in America380

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