Symbolic Essence and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American Culture

Symbolic Essence and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American Culture

by William H. Jordy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300094493

ISBN-13: 9780300094497

Pub. Date: 04/10/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press


Historian and architectural critic William H. Jordy (1917–1997) significantly shaped the way we understand the character and meaning of modern architecture and American culture. This collection of his thought-provoking essays encompasses Jordy’s entire career and includes his signature essay, “The Symbolic Essence of Modern Architecture of the…  See more details below

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Historian and architectural critic William H. Jordy (1917–1997) significantly shaped the way we understand the character and meaning of modern architecture and American culture. This collection of his thought-provoking essays encompasses Jordy’s entire career and includes his signature essay, “The Symbolic Essence of Modern Architecture of the Twenties and Its Continuing Influence.” The collection also contains critical writings on works by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, and Robert Venturi as well as significant but less-well-known pieces and one previously unpublished text.

Generously illustrated, the book demonstrates the range and depth of Jordy’s thinking. He leads his readers to discover important connections of architecture with art, literature, intellectual history, symbolic structures, social purpose, and community. Mardges Bacon’s insightful introduction to the volume situates Jordy’s essays in historical and architectural context and offers a concise intellectual biography of this original and influential thinker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300094497
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/10/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction1
Two temperaments in history : scientific and literary55
American architecture between world's fairs : Richardson, Sullivan, and McKim71
Four approaches to regionalism in the visual arts of the 1930s81
The Tennessee Valley Authority : lessons for the present and future103
Fiasco at Willow Run127
The symbolic essence of modern European architecture of the twenties and its continuing influence135
The international style in the 1930s151
"I am alone" : Le Corbusier, bathrooms, and airplanes159
William Lescaze reconsidered171
The aftermath of the Bauhaus in America : Gropius, Mies, and Breuer187
Seagram assessed227
Medical research building for the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia235
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; library, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire247
Robert Venturi and the decorated shed261
Bank of China tower277
Selected bibliography of writings by William H. Jordy294

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