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Twentieth-Century American Architecture : The Buildings and Their Makers - Carter Wiseman

Twentieth-Century American Architecture

The Buildings and Their Makers

Paperback Published: 1st September 2000
ISBN: 9780393320541
Number Of Pages: 368

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Carter Wiseman presents an original, readable, and literate overview of the major figures, influential movements, and landmark buildings that have defined American architecture over the past hundred years. In a survey that is "as good . . . as anyone is likely to write . . . accurate in its facts, wise and fair in its judgments"(New York Times), he focuses to a large extent on architecture's makers--the commanding figures who by force of personality and sheer artistic ability indelibly influenced its progress: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, Robert Venturi, Louis Kahn, Frank Gehry. The triumph of modernism; the growth of architectural preservation; the eclipse of the practical arts by money, theory, and abstraction; and the uncertain future of architecture in a country that celebrates both individualism and community are just some of the issues addressed in this highly praised work. Originally published in hardcover under the title Shaping a Nation.

Introductionp. 9
Prologue: The Themes Take Formp. 12
The Lure of the Tallp. 43
Domestic Diversityp. 73
Eclecticism and the Uses of the Pastp. 107
Modernism and the Abstract Ascendancyp. 139
The Romantic Resistancep. 168
The Power of Preservationp. 201
The Outbreak of the Ordinaryp. 226
The "Whites," the "Grays," and Postmodernismp. 244
High-Rise, Hard Sellp. 270
The Flight from the Realp. 300
Refuge vs. Communityp. 320
Endnotesp. 347
Acknowledgmentsp. 351
Indexp. 353
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ISBN: 9780393320541
ISBN-10: 0393320545
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st September 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.64

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