Modern Architecture Since 1900 / Edition 3

Modern Architecture Since 1900 / Edition 3

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by William J.R. Curtis
     
 

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Since its first publication in 1982, Modern Architecture Since 1900 has become established as a contemporary classic. Worldwide in scope, it combines a clear historical outline with masterly analysis and interpretation. Technical, economic, social and intellectual developments are brought together in a comprehensive narrative which provides a setting for

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Since its first publication in 1982, Modern Architecture Since 1900 has become established as a contemporary classic. Worldwide in scope, it combines a clear historical outline with masterly analysis and interpretation. Technical, economic, social and intellectual developments are brought together in a comprehensive narrative which provides a setting for the detailed examination of buildings. Throughout the book the author's focus is on the individual architect, and on the qualities that give outstanding buildings their lasting value.

For the third edition, the text has been radically revised and expanded, incorporating much new material and a fresh appreciation of regional identity and variety. Seven chapters are entirely new, including expanded coverage of recent world architecture.

Described by James Ackerman of Harvard University as "immeasurably the finest work covering this field in existence", this book presents a penetrating analysis of the modern tradition and its origins, tracing the creative interaction between old and new that has generated such an astonishing richness of architectural forms across the world and throughout the century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714835242
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
06/27/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
457,864
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.25(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaces7
Introduction11
1The Idea of a Modern Architecture in the Nineteenth Century21
2Industrialization and the City: The Skyscraper as Type and Symbol33
3The Search for New Forms and the Problem of Ornament53
4Rationalism, the Engineering Tradition and Reinforced Concrete73
5Arts and Crafts Ideals in Britain and the U.S.A.87
6Responses to Mechanization: The Deutscher Werkbund and Futurism99
7The Architectural System of Frank Lloyd Wright113
8National Myths and Classical Transformations131
9Cubism, De Stijl and New Conceptions of Space149
10Le Corbusier's Quest for Ideal Form163
11Walter Gropius, German Expressionism and the Bauhaus183
12Architecture and Revolution in Russia201
13Skyscraper and Suburb: The U.S.A. Between the Wars217
14The Ideal Community: Alternatives to the Industrial City241
15The International Style, the Individual Talent and the Myth of Functionalism257
16The Image and Idea of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye at Poissy275
17The Continuity of Older Traditions289
18Nature and the Machine: Mies Van Der Rohe, Wright and Le Corbusier in the 1930S305
19The Spread of Modern Architecture to Britain and Scandinavia329
20Totalitarian Critiques of the Modern Movement351
21International, National, Regional: The Diversity of a New Tradition371
22Modern Architecture in the U.S.A.: Immigration and Consolidation395
23Form and Meaning in the Late Works of Le Corbusier417
24The Unite D'habitation at Marseilles as a Collective Housing Prototype437
25Alvar Aalto and Scandinavian Developments453
26Disjunctions and Continuities in the Europe of the 1950S471
27The Process of Absorption: Latin America, Australia, Japan491
28On Monuments and Monumentality: Louis I. Kahn513
29Architecture and Anti-Architecture in Britain529
30Extension and Critique in the 1960S547
31Modernity, Tradition and Identity in the Developing World567
32Pluralism in the 1970S589
33Modern Architecture and Memory: New Perceptions of the Past617
34The Universal and the Local: Landscape, Climate and Culture635
35Technology, Abstraction and Ideas of Nature657
Conclusion: Modernity, Tradition, Authenticity685
Bibliographical Note690
Notes693
Index720
Acknowledgements735

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