Morality and Architecture Revisited

Morality and Architecture Revisited

by David Watkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226874826

ISBN-13: 9780226874821

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


When Morality and Architecture was first published in 1977, it received passionate praise and equally passionate criticism. An editorial in Apollo, entitled "The Time Bomb," claimed that "it deserved to become a set book in art school and University art history departments," and the Times Literary Supplement savaged it as an example of "that…  See more details below

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When Morality and Architecture was first published in 1977, it received passionate praise and equally passionate criticism. An editorial in Apollo, entitled "The Time Bomb," claimed that "it deserved to become a set book in art school and University art history departments," and the Times Literary Supplement savaged it as an example of "that kind of vindictiveness of which only Christians seem capable."

Here, for the first time, is the story of the book's impact. In writing his groundbreaking polemic, David Watkin had taken on the entire modernist establishment, tracing it back to Pugin, Viollet-le-Duc, Corbusier, and others who claimed that their chosen style had to be truthful and rational, reflecting society's needs. Any critic of this style was considered antisocial and immoral. Only covertly did the giants of the architectural establishment support the author. Watkin gives an overview of what has happened since the book's publication, arguing that many of the old fallacies still persist. This return to the attack is a revelation for anyone concerned architecture's past and future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226874821
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Prologue: The Philosophic Background
Morality and Architecture
Prefatory Note
Introduction
Part I - The Theme in the Nineteenth Century
1. Pugin
2. Viollet-le-Duc
Part II - The Theme in the Twentieth Century
1. Lethaby
2. Brave New World
3. Furneaux Jordan
Part III - Pevsner
1. Early Writings
2. The Historic Mission
3. 'Historicism'
Conclusion
References
Epilogue: The Critical Reaction
The Position Today
Index

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