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Architecture and Modernity : A Critique - Hilde Heynen

Architecture and Modernity

A Critique

Paperback Published: 28th February 2000
ISBN: 9780262581899
Number Of Pages: 276
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Critical theories such as those of the Frankfurt School of the twenties and thirties gave rise to a complex and sophisticated critique of modernity and modernism. The history and theory of twentieth-century architecture, which developed rather independently of this rich tradition, appear naive and unbalanced in comparison. In this exploration of the relationship between modernity, dwelling, and architecture, Hilde Heynen attempts to bridge this gap between the discourse of the modern movement and cultural theories of modernity. On one hand, she discusses architecture from the perspective of critical theory, and on the other she modifies positions within critical theory by linking them with architecture. She assesses architecture as a cultural field that structures daily life and that embodies major contradictions inherent in modernity, arguing that architecture nonetheless has a certain capacity to adopt a critical stance vis-…-vis modernity.Besides presenting a theoretical discussion of the relation between architecture, modernity, and dwelling, the book provides architectural students with an introduction to the discourse of critical theory. The subchapters on Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, and the Venice School (Tafuri, Dal Co, Cacciari) can be studied independently.

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"[A] very helpful synthetic overview of the principal positions in critical theory's arguments over modernity." South Carolina Review " Architecture and Modernity traces some of the most important momentsof the discourse on the 'crisis' of architecture brought about by thechanges of modernity." Beatriz Colomina , School of Architecture, Princeton University

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. 2
Architecture Facing Modernity
Concepts of Modernityp. 8
Dwelling Fades into the Distance. . .p. 14
The Dilemmas of Architecturep. 18
Constructing the Modern Movement
An Architectural Avant-Garde?p. 26
Sigfried Giedion: A Programmatic View of Modernityp. 29
Das Neue Frankfurt: The Search for a Unified Culturep. 43
Reflections in a Mirror
The Experience Rupturep. 72
Adolf Loos: The Broken Continuation of Traditionp. 75
Walter Benjamin: The Dream of a Classless Societyp. 95
Building on a Hollow Space: Ernst Bloch's Criticism of Modern Architecturep. 118
The Venice School, or the Diagnosis of Negative Thoughtp. 128
Architecture as Critique of Modernity
Avant-Garde versus Modernismp. 148
New Babylon: The Antinomies of Utopiap. 151
No Way Out: Adorno's Aesthetic Theoryp. 174
Mimesis in Architecturep. 192
Afterword: Dwelling, Mimesis, Culturep. 220
Notesp. 226
Indexp. 260
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ISBN: 9780262581899
ISBN-10: 0262581892
Series: Architecture and Modernity
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 28th February 2000
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.6 x 17.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.5

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