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A History of American Architecture : Buildings in Their Cultural and Technological Context - Mark Gelernter

A History of American Architecture

Buildings in Their Cultural and Technological Context

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Published: 1st July 2001
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Why did the Victorians drape their buildings in elaborately ornate decoration? Why was the Arts and Crafts movement so popular with the American middle class at the end of the 19th century? Why did Modernism replace traditional architectural styles after World War II? Mark Gelernter provides fresh answers to questions like these, convincingly showing how buildings express powerful cultural forces.

Embodying deeply felt attitudes about fundamental issues, buildings express our relationship with nature, our social relations with others, the importance of the individual, the value of science and technology, and our political role in the world. He explains how designers sometimes expressed these ideas with available building technologies, while at other times they invented new technologies in order to realize new ideas. Each of the ten chronological chapters, accompanied by almost 300 photographs, drawings, and maps, begins with a broad survey of the dominant cultural forces and technologies, and then discusses how designers of the day responded with particular architectural forms.

APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology" Choice" Boston Book Review" A complete history of American architecture would fill a bookcase, but one can gain a strong understanding of this fascinating and challenging subject from this excellent survey.-- "APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology" Here is a comprehensive work for undergraduates containing more history and ideas than most. Gelernter offers crisp line drawings among the 289 illustrations . . . Ideology and history surrounding American buildings is included throughout, as are useful reviews of history from the ancient Greeks up through American settlement . . . effective coverage of most American architecture and the ideas that shaped it.-- "Choice" Gelernter covers a broad range of intellectual as well as architectural history.-- "Boston Book Review" "Gelernter covers a broad range of intellectual as well as architectural history."--Boston Book Review "Here is a comprehensive work for undergraduates containing more history and ideas than most. Gelernter offers crisp line drawings among the 289 illustrations . . . Ideology and history surrounding American buildings is included throughout, as are useful reviews of history from the ancient Greeks up through American settlement . . . effective coverage of most American architecture and the ideas that shaped it."--Choice "A complete history of American architecture would fill a bookcase, but one can gain a strong understanding of this fascinating and challenging subject from this excellent survey." --APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology

List of illustrationsp. vi
Forewordp. xviii
First civilizations 12,000 BC-AD 1500p. 1
Cultures transformed and transplanted 1500-1650p. 35
Colonial culture 1650-1763p. 65
The age of revolution 1763-1820p. 97
Culture realigned 1820-65p. 130
Enterprise and turmoil 1865-85p. 166
The age of diversity 1885-1915p. 190
Between the world wars 1915-45p. 230
Modern culture 1945-73p. 260
Postmodern culture 1973-98p. 293
Glossaryp. 319
Bibliography and further readingp. 330
Indexp. 338
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ISBN: 9781584651369
ISBN-10: 1584651369
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st July 2001
Publisher: University Press of New England
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.98