Modern Architecture: A Critical History (World of Art)

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This acclaimed survey of 20th-century architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Now revised, enlarged and expanded, Kenneth Frampton brings the story up to date and adds an entirely new concluding chapter that focuses on four countries where individual talent and enlightened patronage have combined to produce a comprehensive and convincing architectural culture: Finland, France, Spain and Japan. The bibliography has also been reviewed and extended, making this volume more ...

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Overview

This acclaimed survey of 20th-century architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. Now revised, enlarged and expanded, Kenneth Frampton brings the story up to date and adds an entirely new concluding chapter that focuses on four countries where individual talent and enlightened patronage have combined to produce a comprehensive and convincing architectural culture: Finland, France, Spain and Japan. The bibliography has also been reviewed and extended, making this volume more indispensable than ever. 362 illus.

"A useful and wide-ranging work of superior architectural scholarship...marked throughout by a consistently mature critical intelligence." --Ada Louise Huxtable, New York Review of Books

"One of the most important works on modern architecture we have today." --Architectural Design

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  • ISBN-13: 9780500202579
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Edition description: Revised and Enlarged Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Pt. I Cultural developments and predisposing techniques 1750-1939
1 Cultural transformations: Neo-Classical architecture 1750-1900 12
2 Territorial transformations: urban developments 1800-1909 20
3 Technical transformations: structural engineering 1775-1939 29
Pt. II A critical history 1836-1967
1 News from Nowhere: England 1836-1924 42
2 Adler and Sullivan: the Auditorium and the high rise 1886-95 51
3 Frank Lloyd Wright and the myth of the Prairie 1890-1916 57
4 Structural Rationalism and the influence of Viollet-le-Duc: Gaudi, Horta, Guimard and Berlage 1880-1910 64
5 Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School 1896-1916 74
6 The Sacred Spring: Wagner, Olbrich and Hoffmann 1886-1912 78
7 Antonio Sant'Elia and Futurist architecture 1909-14 84
8 Adolf Loos and the crisis of culture 1896-1931 90
9 Henry van de Velde and the abstraction of empathy 1895-1914 96
10 Tony Garnier and the Industrial City 1899-1918 100
11 Auguste Perret: the evolution of Classical Rationalism 1899-1925 105
12 The Deutsche Werkbund 1898-1927 109
13 The Glass Chain: European architectural Expressionism 1910-25 116
14 The Bauhaus: the evolution of an idea 1919-32 123
15 The New Objectivity: Germany, Holland and Switzerland 1923-33 130
16 De Stijl: the evolution and dissolution of Neo-Plasticism 1917-31 142
17 Le Corbusier and the Esprit Nouveau 1907-31 149
18 Miesvan der Rohe and the significance of fact 1921-33 161
19 The New Collectivity: art and architecture in the Soviet Union 1918-32 167
20 Le Corbusier and the Ville Radieuse 1928-46 178
21 Frank Lloyd Wright and the Disappearing City 1929-63 186
22 Alvar Aalto and the Nordic tradition: National Romanticism and the Doricist sensibility 1895-1957 192
23 Giuseppe Terragni and the architecture of Italian Rationalism 1926-43 203
24 Architecture and the State: ideology and representation 1914-43 210
25 Le Corbusier and the monumentalization of the vernacular 1930-60 224
26 Mies van der Rohe and the monumentalization of technique 1933-67 231
27 The Eclipse of the New Deal: Buckminster Fuller, Philip Johnson and Louis Kahn 1934-64 238
Pt. III Critical assessment and extension into the present 1925-91
1 The International Style: theme and variations 1925-65 248
2 New Brutalism and the architecture of the Welfare State: England 1949-59 262
3 The vicissitudes of ideology: CIAM and Team X, critique and counter-critique 1928-68 269
4 Place, Production and Scenography: international theory and practice since 1962 280
5 Critical Regionalism: modern architecture and cultural identity 314
6 World architecture and reflective practice 328
Acknowledgments 344
Select Bibliography 345
Index 366
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    Architecture at it¿s finest

    Architecture as art is unmatched in it¿s grandeur. As a world traveler who has sampled many `flavors¿ of USA and European architecture, it is easy to see how each century brings fourth and impresses it¿s unique style. A good book that brings this aspect to light.

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