Modern Architecture / Edition 4

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 67%)
Est. Return Date: 08/28/2015
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $9.73
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 61%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (20) from $9.73   
  • New (10) from $11.98   
  • Used (10) from $9.98   


"One of the most important works on modern architecture we have today."—Architectural Design
This acclaimed survey of modern architecture and its origins has become a classic since it first appeared in 1980. For the fourth edition Kenneth Frampton has added a major new section that explores the effects of globalization on architecture in recent years and examines the phenomenon of international celebrity architects who are increasingly active all over the world. The bibliography has been updated and expanded, making this volume more complete and indispensable than ever.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
“A useful and wide-ranging work of superior architectural scholarship, this ambitious publication contains many chapters that stand on their own as perceptive essays; it is marked throughout by a consistently mature critical intelligence.”
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500203958
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/24/2007
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 369,055
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Frampton is professor of architecture at Columbia University and the author of many books on architectural history and theory, including Modern Architecture.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction     8
Cultural developments and predisposing techniques 1750-1939
Cultural transformations: Neo-Classical architecture 1750-1900     12
Territorial transformations: urban developments 1800-1909     20
Technical transformations: structural engineering 1775-1939     29
A critical history 1836-1967
News from Nowhere: England 1836-1924     42
Adler and Sullivan: the Auditorium and the high rise 1886-95     51
Frank Lloyd Wright and the myth of the Prairie 1890-1916     57
Structural Rationalism and the influence of Viollet-le-Duc: Gaudi, Horta, Guimard and Berlage 1880-1910     64
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School 1896-1916     74
The Sacred Spring: Wagner, Olbrich and Hoffmann 1886-1912     78
Antonio Sant'Elia and Futurist architecture 1909-14     84
Adolf Loos and the crisis of culture 1896-1931     90
Henry van de Velde and the abstraction of empathy 1895-1914     96
Tony Garnier and the Industrial City 1899-1918     100
Auguste Perret: the evolution of Classical Rationalism 1899-1925     105
The Deutsche Werkbund 1898-1927     109
The Glass Chain: European architectural Expressionism 1910-25     116
The Bauhaus: the evolution of an idea 1919-32     123
TheNew Objectivity: Germany, Holland and Switzerland 1923-33     130
De Stijl: the evolution and dissolution of Neo-Plasticism 1917-31     142
Le Corbusier and the Esprit Nouveau 1907-31     149
Mies van der Rohe and the significance of fact 1921-33     161
The New Collectivity: art and architecture in the Soviet Union 1918-32     167
Le Corbusier and the Ville Radieuse 1928-46     178
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Disappearing City 1929-63     186
Alvar Aalto and the Nordic tradition: National Romanticism and the Doricist sensibility 1895-1957     192
Giuseppe Terragni and the architecture of Italian Rationalism 1926-43     203
Architecture and the State: ideology and representation 1914-43     210
Le Corbusier and the monumentalization of the vernacular 1930-60     224
Mies van der Rohe and the monumentalization of technique 1933-67     231
The Eclipse of the New Deal: Buckminster Fuller, Philip Johnson and Louis Kahn 1934-64     238
Critical assessment and extension into the present 1925-91
The International Style: theme and variations 1925-65     248
New Brutalism and the architecture of the Welfare State: England 1949-59     262
The vicissitudes of ideology: CIAM and Team X, critique and counter-critique 1928-68     269
Place, Production and Scenography: international theory and practice since 1962     280
Critical Regionalism: modern architecture and cultural identity     314
World architecture and reflective practice     328
Architecture in the Age of Globalization: topography, morphology, sustainability, materiality, habitat and civic form 1975-2007     344
Select Bibliography     390
Acknowledgments     412
Index     414
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)