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The Details of Modern Architecture: Volume 2 : 1928 to 1988 - Edward R. Ford

The Details of Modern Architecture: Volume 2

1928 to 1988

Paperback Published: 6th January 2004
ISBN: 9780262562027
Number Of Pages: 466
For Ages: 18+ years old

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This second volume of "The Details of Modern Architecture" continues the study of the relationships of the ideals of design and the realities of construction in modern architecture, beginning in the late 1920s and extending to the present day. It contains a wealth of new information on the construction of modern architecture at a variety of scales from minute details to general principles. There are over 500 illustrations, including 130 original photographs and 230 original axonometric drawings, arranged to explain the technical, aesthetic, and historical aspects of the building form. Most of the modern movements in architecture have identified some paradigm of good construction, arguing that buildings should be built like Gothic cathedrals, like airplanes, like automobiles, like ships, or like primitive dwellings. Ford examines the degree to which these models were followed, either in spirit or in form, and reveals much about both the theories and techniques of modern architecture, including the extent to which the current constructional theories of High Tech and Deconstruction are dependent on the traditional modernist paradigms, as well as the ways in which all of these theories differ from the realities of modern building. Individual chapters treat the work of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Eric Gunnar Asplund, Richard Neutra, Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, and Louis Kahn, as well as the Case Study, High Tech, Postmodern, and Deconstructivist architects. Among the individual buildings documented are Eliel Saarinen's Cranbrook School, Asplund's Woodland Cemetery, Fuller's Dymaxion house, the Venturi house, the Eames and other Case Study houses, the concrete buildings of Le Corbusier, Aalto's Saynatsalo Town Hall, and Kahn's Exeter Library and Salk Institute--with many details published for the first time.

Industry Reviews

This is a fine book and an invaluable reference.

-David Wild, Architect's Journal
This is a fine book and an invaluable reference.

-David Wild, Architect's Journal * Reviews *

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviations and Sourcesp. xv
Introduction: The Artifacts of Industrializationp. 1
Eliel Saarinen in Detroit: 1926-1940p. 23
The Conversion of Erik Gunnar Asplund: 1930-1940p. 51
Richard Neutra and the Architecture of Surface: 1933-1952p. 87
Alvar Aalto and Marcel Breuer: Light, Industrialization, and the Vernacular, 1928-1963p. 117
Le Corbusier after 1928: 1928-1965p. 165
Saarinen, Eames, Fuller, and the Case Study Houses: 1940-1959p. 217
Eero Saarinen after 1945: 1945-1962p. 265
Louis Kahn, Sigurd Lewerentz, and the New Brutalism: 1954-1974p. 305
The Venturis, Graves, Scarpa, and the Layers of History: 1963-1984p. 349
High Tech, Deconstruction, and the Present Day: 1972-1988p. 379
Conclusionp. 421
Notesp. 431
Bibliographyp. 437
Indexp. 441
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ISBN: 9780262562027
ISBN-10: 0262562022
Series: The MIT Press : Book 2
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 466
Published: 6th January 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 27.31  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.96