Theory and Design in the First Machine Age

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MIT Press, 1980 - Architecture - 338 pages
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First published in 1960, Theory and Design in the First Machine Age has become required reading in numerous courses on the history of modern architecture and is widely regarded as one of the definitive books on the modern movement. It has influenced a generation of students and critics interested in the formation of attitudes, themes, and forms which were characteristic of artists and architects working primarily in Europe between 1900 and 1930 under the compulsion of new technological developments in the first machine age.

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
GERMANY BERLIN THE BAUHAUS THE VICTORY OF
24
ITALY FUTURIST MANIFESTOS AND PROJECTS 19091914
98
theory and development
106
SantElia and Futurist architecture
127
HOLLAND THE LEGACY OF BERLAGE DE STIJL 19171925
138
the Dutch phase
148
Amsterdam and Berlin
163
19181928
214
Vers une Architecture
220
town planning and aesthetics
247
The Berlin School
265
The Bauhaus
276
the encyclopaedias
305
Functionalism and technology
320
Index
331

the international phase
185
PARIS THE WORLD OF ART AND LE CORBUSIER
201

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About the author (1980)

Reyner Banham (1922-1988) was Sheldon H. Solow Professor of the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and Professor of Art History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His many books include "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies" (1973), "Theory and Design in the First Machine Age" (1980), and "A Concrete Atlantis: U.S. Industrial Building and European Modern Architecture" (1986). Mary Banham is an artist, editor, and curator who collaborated with her husband on his books and articles. Paul Barker, for many years editor of "New Society", writes and broadcasts on social, environmental, and cultural issues. Sutherland Lyall, Literary Advisor to the Banham estate, has written seven books on architecture, design, and building. Cedric Price is an internationally acclaimed architect. The editors currently live in London.

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