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The Details of Modern Architecture : Volume 1 - Edward R. Ford

The Details of Modern Architecture

Volume 1

Paperback Published: 21st November 2003
ISBN: 9780262562010
Number Of Pages: 451
For Ages: 18+ years old

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How did the great architects of this century reconcile their vision of architecture with the realities of building? This is a crucial question that every student of architecture must confront. "The Details of Modern Architecture "the first comprehensive analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of details in the development of architecture, provides not one answer but many. The more than 500 illustrations are a major contribution in their own right. Providing a valuable collective resource, they present the details of notable architectural works drawn in similar styles and formats, allowing comparisons between works of different scales, periods, and styles. Covering the period 1890-1932, Ford focuses on various recognized masters, explaining the detailing and construction techniques that distort, camouflage, or enhance a building. He looks at the source of each architect's ideas, the translation of those ideas into practice, and the success or failure of the technical execution. Ford examines Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House and Fallingwater Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, and buildings by McKim, Mead & White, Lutyens, Mies van der Rohe, and Schindler from a point of view that acknowledges the importance of tradition, precedent, style, and ideology in architectural construction. He discusses critical details from a technical and contextual standpoint, considering how they perform how they add to or detract from the building as a whole, and how some have persisted and been adapted through time.

An exceptional book.

-Witold Rybczynski, New York Review of Books
An exceptional book.

-Witold Rybczynski, New York Review of Books * Reviews *

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
H. H. Richardson, Ralph Adams Cram, and the Gothic Revivalp. 15
McKim, Mead & White and Classical Rationalismp. 53
Edwin Lutyens and the Language of Classicismp. 97
The Arts and Crafts Movement: The Greene Brothers and Their English Contemporariesp. 123
Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Parkp. 161
Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos: Viennese Rationalismp. 203
Le Corbusier: The Classic Villasp. 233
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Steel Framep. 261
Residential Construction in America: Rudolf Schindler, Walter Gropius, and Marcel Breuerp. 289
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Usonian Periodp. 321
Conclusionp. 351
Notesp. 357
Bibliographyp. 361
Indexp. 364
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ISBN: 9780262562010
ISBN-10: 0262562014
Series: The MIT Press : Book 1
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 451
Published: 21st November 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.31 x 27.31  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.56