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

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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Rohe, Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, and Robert Venturi as well as significant but less-well-known pieces and one previously unpublished text.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.

Product Details

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

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