Britain

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Reaktion Books, 2007 - Architecture - 304 pages
The story of modernism in architecture is international, yet each country adopted the movement in its own unique way, inspired by individual artists and schools and in response to specific social needs and political pressures. Britain explores the British approach to modern architecture, and, with due regard for the separate identities of England, Scotland, and Wales, discusses British modernism from its beginnings to the present day.

Alan Powers gives equal weight to the technical and aesthetic aspects of modernism, as well as its often controversial reception within Britain and around the world. He examines the works of key British architects and delves into the influence of non-British architects within the United Kingdom. Powers then turns his attention to postmodern architecture as a global movement, looking at contemporary efforts to make architecture sustainable and adaptable to the new challenges of urban life.

Thoroughly illustrated with images of the buildings under discussion, advertisements, and other historical photographs, Britain is an authoritative, yet highly accessible, account of twentieth-century British architecture.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
From Modernity to Modernism
13
Modern Architecture Builds the Just City
55
The Moral Dilemma of Modern Aesthetics
89
White Heat and Burnout
125
The Reintegration of Architecture
163
The Architecture of Fruitful Anxiety
197
Local Action and Global Thought
247
References
278
Select Bibliography
290
2g6 Acknowledgements
296
Copyright

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Page 278 - Wiener, Between Two Worlds: The Political Thought of Graham Wallas (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971).

About the author (2007)

Alan Powers is a reader in architecture and cultural history at the University of Greenwich. He is the author of Serge Chermayeff, The Twentieth Century House in Britain, and Modern: The Modern Movement in Britain.

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