Modernity And The Architecture Of Mexico

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Since the mid 1970s, there has been an extraordinary renewal of interest in early modern architecture, both as a way of gaining insight into contemporary architectural culture and as a reaction to neoconservative postmodernism. This book undertakes a critical reappraisal of the notion of modernity in Mexican architecture and its influence on a generation of Mexican architects whose works spanned the 1920s through the 1960s.

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Overview

Since the mid 1970s, there has been an extraordinary renewal of interest in early modern architecture, both as a way of gaining insight into contemporary architectural culture and as a reaction to neoconservative postmodernism. This book undertakes a critical reappraisal of the notion of modernity in Mexican architecture and its influence on a generation of Mexican architects whose works spanned the 1920s through the 1960s.

Nine essays by noted architects and architectural historians cover a range of topics from broad-based critical commentaries to discussions of individual architects and buildings. Among the latter are the architects Enrique del Moral, Juan O'Gorman, Carlos Obregón Santacilia, Juan Segura, Mario Pani, and the campus and stadium of the Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City.

Relatively little has been published in English regarding this era in Mexican architecture. Thus, Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico will play a groundbreaking role in making the underlying assumptions, ideological and political constructs, and specific architect's agendas known to a wide audience in the humanities. Likewise, it should inspire greater appreciation for this undervalued body of works as an important contribution to the modern movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292708532
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward R. Burian is a practicing architect based in Tucson, Arizona, whose writings and professional practice focus on the American Southwest and Mexico. He was educated at Yale and the University of Southern California and has taught at several schools of architecture in the American Southwest.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ricardo Legorreta
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Alberto Pérez-Gómez. Mexico, Modernity, And Architecture: An Interview with Alberto Pérez-Gómez
Antonio E. Méndez-Vigatá. Politics And Architectural Language: Post-Revolutionary Regimes in Mexico and Their Influence on Mexican Public Architecture, 1920-1952
Celia Ester Arredondo Zambrano. Modernity In Mexico: The Case of the Ciudad Universitaria
Alberto Kalach. Architecture And Place: The Stadium of the University City
William J. R. Curtis. "The General And The Local": Enrique del Moral's Own House, Calle Francisco Ramirez 5, Mexico City, 1948
Edward R. Burian. The Architecture Of Juan O'Gorman: Dichotomy and Drift
Carlos G. Mijares Bracho. The Architecture Of Carlos Obregón Santacilia: A Work for Its Time and Context
Antonio Toca Ferndndez. Juan Segura: The Origins of Modern Architecture in Mexico
Louise Noelle Merles. The Architecture And Urbanism Of Mario Pani: Creativity and Compromise
Postscript
Notes on the Contributors
Selected Bibliography
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2000

    A wonderful book on Mexican Architecture

    Even though this book doesn't include a collection of pretty photographs, as most books on the architecture of Mexico do, I believe that this is one of the best books that I have read on modern Mexican architecture. The editor was able to collect nine essays that deal with serveral issues regarding Mexican architecture. Not all the essays are of the same quality, but at least the Perez Gomez, Curtis and Mendez-Vigata are essential reading for anyone interested in Mexican Architecture, both the Perez Gomez and Mendez Vigata essays provide a background for understanding the production of architecture in Mexico, and the Curtis deals with Enrique del Moral's architecture who was one of the most interesting latin american architects of the XX century. The other essays quality vary, but a few of them provide information not available elsewhere on some architects as is the case of the Burian chapter on Juan O'Gorman and Toca's chapter on Juan Segura. My only dissapointment is that not a single chapter dealt with the architecture of Luis Barragan, the most important Mexican architect of the XX century.

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