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Modern Architecture Since 1900 : 3rd Edition

Modern Architecture Since 1900

3rd Edition


Published: 27th June 1996
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Since its first publication in 1982, Modern Architecture Since 1900 has become established as a contemporary classic. Worldwide in scope, it combines a clear historical outline with masterly analysis and interpretation.

Technical, economic, social and intellectual developments are brought together in a comprehensive narrative which provides a setting for the detailed examination of buildings. Throughout the book the author's focus is on the individual architect, and on the qualities that give outstanding buildings their lasting value. For the third edition the text has been radically revised and expanded, incorporating much new material and a fresh appreciation of regional identity and variety. Almost every chapter has been expanded and updated, and seven chapters are entirely new, including the whole of Part Four, which covers recent world architecture.

Described by James Ackerman of Harvard University as 'immeasurably the finest work covering this field in existence', this book presents a penetrating analysis of the modern tradition and its origins, and traces the creative interaction between old and new that has generated such an astonishing richness of architectural forms throughout the century.



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    A beautifully published book, informative and well-written. Well worth purchasing; especially as an architecture student studying history.

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    'the book is excellent value.' Architects' Journal 'as close to a definitive guide to the architecture of our century as we yet have.' Sunday Times 'A book of this length and depth is an unimaginable achievement...' Building Design 'comprehensive, up-to-date and very readable.' Sunday Telegraph 'This should be a standard volume in all architecture collections.' Library Journal '... the clearest and most authentic survey to appear in English. ... Essential reading, indeed breath-taking reading' Architecture New Zealand

    Prefacesp. 7
    Introductionp. 11
    The Idea of a Modern Architecture in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 21
    Industrialization and the City: The Skyscraper as Type and Symbolp. 33
    The Search for New Forms and the Problem of Ornamentp. 53
    Rationalism, the Engineering Tradition and Reinforced Concretep. 73
    Arts and Crafts Ideals in Britain and the U.S.A.p. 87
    Responses to Mechanization: The Deutscher Werkbund and Futurismp. 99
    The Architectural System of Frank Lloyd Wrightp. 113
    National Myths and Classical Transformationsp. 131
    Cubism, De Stijl and New Conceptions of Spacep. 149
    Le Corbusier's Quest for Ideal Formp. 163
    Walter Gropius, German Expressionism and the Bauhausp. 183
    Architecture and Revolution in Russiap. 201
    Skyscraper and Suburb: The U.S.A. Between the Warsp. 217
    The Ideal Community: Alternatives to the Industrial Cityp. 241
    The International Style, the Individual Talent and the Myth of Functionalismp. 257
    The Image and Idea of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye at Poissyp. 275
    The Continuity of Older Traditionsp. 289
    Nature and the Machine: Mies Van Der Rohe, Wright and Le Corbusier in the 1930Sp. 305
    The Spread of Modern Architecture to Britain and Scandinaviap. 329
    Totalitarian Critiques of the Modern Movementp. 351
    International, National, Regional: The Diversity of a New Traditionp. 371
    Modern Architecture in the U.S.A.: Immigration and Consolidationp. 395
    Form and Meaning in the Late Works of Le Corbusierp. 417
    The Unite D'habitation at Marseilles as a Collective Housing Prototypep. 437
    Alvar Aalto and Scandinavian Developmentsp. 453
    Disjunctions and Continuities in the Europe of the 1950Sp. 471
    The Process of Absorption: Latin America, Australia, Japanp. 491
    On Monuments and Monumentality: Louis I. Kahnp. 513
    Architecture and Anti-Architecture in Britainp. 529
    Extension and Critique in the 1960Sp. 547
    Modernity, Tradition and Identity in the Developing Worldp. 567
    Pluralism in the 1970Sp. 589
    Modern Architecture and Memory: New Perceptions of the Pastp. 617
    The Universal and the Local: Landscape, Climate and Culturep. 635
    Technology, Abstraction and Ideas of Naturep. 657
    Conclusion: Modernity, Tradition, Authenticityp. 685
    Bibliographical Notep. 690
    Notesp. 693
    Indexp. 720
    Acknowledgementsp. 735
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    ISBN: 9780714833569
    ISBN-10: 0714833568
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    For Grades: 8+
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 736
    Published: 27th June 1996
    Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 20.9  x 4.2
    Weight (kg): 24.6
    Edition Number: 3
    Edition Type: Revised