Building in France, building in iron, building in ferroconcrete
Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1995 - Architecture - 237 pages
This classic of twentieth-century architectural literature, now available in English for the first time, presents Sigfried Giedion's provocative vision of architecture in the industrial era and his response to technological advances in the production of key building materials.
Giedion shows how iron and reinforced concrete allowed the construction of buildings of unprecedented size and openness in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Focusing on the radical possibilities of skeletal support structures, he celebrates innovative uses of these materials in buildings from the Eiffel Tower and the Crystal Palace to glass-canopied railroad stations, department stores, and exhibition halls.
With this volume, first published in 1928, Giedion became a leading advocate of modern architecture. He was the first to exalt Le Corbusier as the champion of the new style, at the expense of a considerable body of Germanic theory and practice, and his arguments strongly influenced the direction of architecture for the next four decades. Later, although diluting his criticism of architectual thought in previous periods, Giedion incorporated much of this text into Space, Time, and Architecture, his best-known work.
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BUILDING IN FRANCE BUILDING IN IRON BUILDING IN FERROCONCRETE
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A. G. PERRET aesthetic already arch architect Archiv art-form artistic Baltard Bauen in Frankreich Baukunst beauty Berlin Besprechungen-Rezensionen Biermann Boileau Botticher Botticher's bridge Building in France building in iron concrete connection constructor contemporary Corbusier Corbusier's department store Deutsche Bauzeitung Deutscher Werkbund Eiffel Tower Eisenbeton elements emphasis in original engineer exhibition facade ferroconcrete French function GALERIE DES MACHINES Gamier Georg Heuser Getty Center girders glass Gothic Gottfried Semper halls Henri Labrouste HENRI SAUVAGE Hermann Muthesius Hofmann idea industry interpenetration iron construction iron skeleton Kunst künstlerische later League of Nations lecture light Lucae MALLET-STEVENS material meters Meyer modern architecture monumental Muthesius neue neuen nineteenth century Paris Pessac Polonceau possible problem railroad stations Richard Streiter roof Scheffler Sigfried Giedion space span spatial stone structure style suspended Tektonik tion TONY GARNIER tradition truss unserer vaults Vers une architecture walls Zurich