Space, Time and Architecture: The Growth of a New Tradition / Edition 5

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A milestone in modern thought, Space, Time and Architecture has been reissued many times since its first publication in 1941 and translated into half a dozen languages. In this revised edition of Mr. Giedion's classic work, major sections have been added and there are 81 new illustrations.

The chapters on leading contemporary architects have been greatly expanded. There is new material on the later development of Frank Lloyd Wright and the more recent buildings of Walter Gropius, particularly his American Embassy in Athens. In his discussion of Le Corbusier, Mr. Giedion provides detailed analyses of the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, Le Corbusier's only building in the United States, and his Priory of La Tourette near Lyons. There is a section on his relations with his clients and an assessment of his influence on contemporary architecture, including a description of the Le Corbusier Center in Zurich (designed just before his death], which houses his works of art. The chapters on Mies van der Rohe and Alvar Aalto have been brought up to date with examples of their buildings in the sixties. There is an entirely new chapter on the Danish architect Jorn Utzon, whose work, as exemplified in his design for the Sydney Opera House, Mr. Giedion considers representative of post-World War II architectural concepts.

A new essay, "Changing Notions of the City," traces the evolution of the structure of the city throughout history and examines current attempts to deal with urban growth, as shown in the work of such architects as José Luis Sert, Kenzo Tange, and Fumihiko Maki. Mr. Sert's Peabody Terrace is discussed as an example of the interlocking of the collective and individual spheres. Finally, the conclusion has been enlarged to include a survey of the limits of the organic in architecture.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

This book is an important collection of historical and critical surveys and a brilliant study of the trends and developments of the modern scene with its historical background and true significance. For the general reader interested in the past and its relation to our present, and the specialist in architecture preoccupied with its facets of change, the author has succeeded in presenting a consistently developing process and a clear, concise picture.

Edward Larocque Tinker

Saturday Review

[Giedion's] survey of our architectural inheritance, beginning with the "organization of space" in the early Renaissance, is masterly, selective, and instructive. In his treatment of individual architects he calls a famous roll, and leaves us with a clear impression of the significance of each man's work... This is a big book, and one that no reader will exhaust quickly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674830400
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1967
  • Series: Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Revised and Enlarged Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 960
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 1.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Sigfried Giedion was the first secretary-general of the International Congress of Modern Architecture. He taught at the University of Zurich, MIT, and Harvard, where he became chairman of the Graduate School of Design.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Architecture of the 1960's: Hopes and Fears

Pt. I History a Part of Life 1

Pt. II Our Architectural Inheritance 29

Pt. III The Evolution of New Potentialities 165

Pt. IV The Demand for Morality in Architecture 291

Pt. V American Development 335

Pt. VI Space-Time in Art, Architecture, and Construction 429

Pt. VII City Planning in the Nineteenth Century 707

Pt. VIII City Planning as a Human Problem 777

Pt. IX Space-Time in City Planning 815

Pt. X In Conclusion 871

Index 884

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