Architectural Reflections: Studies in Philosophy and Practice of Architecture

Architectural Reflections: Studies in Philosophy and Practice of Architecture

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Architectural Reflections: Studies in Philosophy and Practice of Architecture by Colin St. John Wilson

In this book of the world's greatest architects explores the original aims and principles of modern architecture. Where the postmodern critique is often a retreat into the past, Colin St. John Wilson argues that a renewal of the humanist basis of modern architecture is the only sound approach to the future. The essays explore the philosophical and ethical basis of architecture, "the other tradition of modernism," the work of Aalto, Scharoun, Lewerentz, Asplund, and Rietveld, the rise and decline of postmodernism, and a case study of Waterhouse's Law Courts, the most complex of all urban projects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719057045
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Edition description: 2ND
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Colin St. John Wilson is architect of the new British Library.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsiv
Introduction to the second editionv
Apologiaviii
Part IFive themes1
1The natural imagination2
2The ethics of architecture20
3The play of use and the use of play54
4The historical sense66
5Architecture and the figurative arts74
Part IIFive case studies81
6Alvar Aalto and the state of Modernism82
7Hans Scharoun100
8Sigurd Lewerentz110
9Gunnar Asplund and the dilemma of Classicism138
10Gerrit Rivtveld: In memoriam156
Part IIIPolemic 1960-91165
11Open and closed166
12Two letters on the state of architecture: 1964 and 1981174
13Speer and the fear of freedom182
14Sacred games190
15England builds198
Part IVHistory: the case study of a Grand Project205
16The Law Courts Project: by Alfred Waterhouse206
List of illustrations227
Index237

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