Modernity And The Architecture Of Mexico

Modernity And The Architecture Of Mexico


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Since the mid 1970s, there has been an extraordinary renewal of interest in early modern architecture, both as a way of gaining insight into contemporary architectural culture and as a reaction to neoconservative postmodernism. This book undertakes a critical reappraisal of the notion of modernity in Mexican architecture and its influence on a generation of Mexican architects whose works spanned the 1920s through the 1960s.

Nine essays by noted architects and architectural historians cover a range of topics from broad-based critical commentaries to discussions of individual architects and buildings. Among the latter are the architects Enrique del Moral, Juan O'Gorman, Carlos Obregón Santacilia, Juan Segura, Mario Pani, and the campus and stadium of the Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City.

Relatively little has been published in English regarding this era in Mexican architecture. Thus, Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico will play a groundbreaking role in making the underlying assumptions, ideological and political constructs, and specific architect's agendas known to a wide audience in the humanities. Likewise, it should inspire greater appreciation for this undervalued body of works as an important contribution to the modern movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292708532
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/01/1997
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Edward R. Burian is a practicing architect based in Tucson, Arizona, whose writings and professional practice focus on the American Southwest and Mexico. He was educated at Yale and the University of Southern California and has taught at several schools of architecture in the American Southwest.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Ricardo Legorreta
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Alberto Pérez-Gómez. Mexico, Modernity, And Architecture: An Interview with Alberto Pérez-Gómez
  • Antonio E. Méndez-Vigatá. Politics And Architectural Language: Post-Revolutionary Regimes in Mexico and Their Influence on Mexican Public Architecture, 1920-1952
  • Celia Ester Arredondo Zambrano. Modernity In Mexico: The Case of the Ciudad Universitaria
  • Alberto Kalach. Architecture And Place: The Stadium of the University City
  • William J. R. Curtis. "The General And The Local": Enrique del Moral's Own House, Calle Francisco Ramirez 5, Mexico City, 1948
  • Edward R. Burian. The Architecture Of Juan O'Gorman: Dichotomy and Drift
  • Carlos G. Mijares Bracho. The Architecture Of Carlos Obregón Santacilia: A Work for Its Time and Context
  • Antonio Toca Ferndndez. Juan Segura: The Origins of Modern Architecture in Mexico
  • Louise Noelle Merles. The Architecture And Urbanism Of Mario Pani: Creativity and Compromise
  • Postscript
  • Notes on the Contributors
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

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