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Oh, the irony. Trend-setting modernist architectural statements of the 20th century, once said to transcend style and region, now require historic preservation. Often functionally obsolete, these structures, in many cases, have suffered neglect, major alterations, or demolition. Convincing owners and governments to protect modernist buildings is a tough sell, unless they are clearly iconic. Architect and Columbia University professor of preservation Prudon explains the situation fully. He includes a section on the materials and methods of the 20th century and the preservation issues of each. The book's second part consists of case studies of a variety of building types. Anyone who has read architecture history will be interested in the way some significant 20th-century buildings have been preserved, rehabilitated, or restored-often at great expense-and how they are being used today. More illustrations would have been welcome. Recommended for academic libraries supporting architecture, urban planning, or structural engineering programs.
—David R. Conn