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Perspecta : Perspecta 32


Perspecta 32 "Resurfacing Modernism" Resurfacing Modernism No. 32

By: Ann Marie Brennan (Editor), Nahum Goodenow (Editor), Brendan D. Moran (Editor)

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"Resurfacing Modernism" Founded in 1950, "Perspecta" is the oldest and most distinguished of student-edited American architectural journals. "Perspecta 32" examines contemporary "resurfacings" represented by the return of many forms and values associated with mid-twentieth-century modernism. By 1950, a plethora of architectural practices were adapting earlier modernist experimentation to the changing times. Numerous buildings of this period employed sleek surfaces of glass, metal, and stone to provide primary stylistic unity. More generally, much architectural activity involved the quotation, manipulation, and modification of past appearances (surfaces) and discourses (spaces). Exceptional architecture of the last decade--not only built work, but also historical and theoretical research--has again been informed by such imagery and actions. For this reason, "Perspecta 32" explores the prospects of mid-century modernism in a postmodern age. The issue invokes three different meanings of "resurface": the reappearance of aspects of the past as well as the layering of new meanings and interpretations onto accepted conventions, and the peeling away of accrued patinas associated with modernism. While critical explorations of architectural modernism have frequently emphasized surface qualities, the recognition and analysis of surface as a subject with depth presents itself now more than ever. Contributors to "Perspecta 32" include, among others, George Baird, Peggy Deamer, Deborah Fausch, Michael Hays, Sandy Isenstadt, and Reinhold Martin.

Resurfacing Modernism: An Editorial Overviewp. 005
Rococo Modernism: The Elegance of Stylep. 008
Pandora's Box: An Essay on Metropolitan Portraitsp. 018
OMA, "Neo-Modern," and Modernity: George Baird in "Conversation" with the editors of Perspecta 32p. 028
Making the Modified Modernp. 038
The Style of Educationp. 055
Redefining the Boxp. 057
Reading Surfaces
Atrocities. Or, Curtain Wall as Mass Mediump. 066
Four Stops Along an Architecture of Postwar Americap. 076
Structuring Surfaces: The Legacy of the Whitesp. 090
Prolegomenon for a Study Linking the Advanced Architecture of the Present to that of the 1970s through Ideologies of Media, the Experience of Cities in Transition, and the Ongoing Effects of Reificationp. 100
Recurring Surfaces: Architecture in the Experience Economyp. 108
Contributorsp. 120
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ISBN: 9780262523097
ISBN-10: 0262523094
Series: Perspecta
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 1st May 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 22.9  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.53

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