Modern Architecture

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Architecture - 287 pages
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Colquhoun, an eminent scholar in the field of architecture, offers here a new account of international modernism that explores the complex motivations behind this revolutionary movement and assesses its triumphs and failures. The book focuses on the work of the main architects of the movement such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe, re-examining their work and shedding new light on their roles as acknowledged masters. The author presents a fascinating analysis of architecture with regard to politics, technology, and ideology, all while offering clear descriptions of the key elements of the Modern movement.

Colquhoun shows clearly the evolution of the movement from Art Nouveau in the 1890s to the mega-structures of the 1960s, revealing the often-contradictory demands of form, function, social engagement, modernity and tradition.
  

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Review: Modern Architecture

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Useful as a survey but a bit short on context and theoretical insight. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
Art Nouveau 18901910
13
Organicism versus Classicism Chicago 18901910
35
Culture and Industry Germany 190714
57
The Urn and the Chamberpot Adolf Loos 190030
73
Expressionism and Futurism
87
The Avantgardes in Holland and Russia
109
From Rationalism to Revisionism Architecture in Italy 192065
183
Neoclassicism Organicism and the Welfare State Architecture in Scandinavia 191065
193
From Le Corbusier to Megastructures Urban Visions 193065
209
Pax Americana Architecture in America 194565
231
Notes
255
Further Reading
264
Timeline
270
List of Illustrations
277

Return to Order Le Corbusier and Modern Architecture in France 192035
137
Weimar Germany the Dialectic of the Modern 192033
159

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About the author (2002)

Alan Colquhoun was born in 1921, and studied architecture in Edinburgh and London. He was in partnership with J. H. Miller from 1961 until 1988. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture at Princeton University. His other publications include 'Essays in Architecture: Modern Architecture and Historical Change' and 'Modernity and the Classical Tradition: Architectural Essays 1980-1987'.

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