Greece: Modern Architectures in History

Greece: Modern Architectures in History


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Greece: Modern Architectures in History by Alexander Tzonis, Alcestis P. Rodi

The remains of antiquity define Greek architecture in the popular imagination, but Greek edifices encompass far more than these ancient structures. Offered here is a comprehensive survey of modern Greek architecture of the past hundred-plus years.
The book explores the buildings and architects of modern Greece, ranging from nineteenth-century neoclassical edifices to minimalist contemporary works and urban renewal projects. The ideas driving the creation of these buildings are given full attention, as the authors examine the influence of the rise of Modernism in the arts and the characteristics of regional styles, while also considering the reasons behind the bland, functional structures that have dominated Greek cityscapes since World War II. Greecesituates this design survey within the nation’s tumultuous cultural and political history, including the two world wars, a military dictatorship, civil war, and the consumerist boom of the 1990s.

            A penetrating and thorough study, Greece offers a compelling account of modern Greek architecture that will be invaluable for all scholars of design and European history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861893796
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Series: Reaktion Books - Modern Architectures in History Series
Pages: 287
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alexander Tzonis is professor emeritus of architectural theory and design methods at the University of Technology of Delft. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Architecture in Europe since 1968, Between Memory and Invention, and Le Corbusier: Poetics of Machine and Metaphor.Alkistis Rodi is an architect based in Athens.

Table of Contents

1. Architecture of Revolution
2. ‘Forward’: Infrastructure, City Plans and Buildings
3. Open Wide the Windows—Let the Sun Come In!
4. Hard Times: The Third Hellenic Civilization, War and Reconstruction
5. Halcyon Days
6. Architecture of the Junta
7. Modern Architecture Comes of Age
8. Whither Young Architect?

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