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Modern Architectural Theory
A Historical Survey, 1673–1968


  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521130486

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  • Modern Architectural Theory is the first book to provide a comprehensive survey of architectural theory, primarily in Europe and the United States, during three centuries of development. In this synthetic overview, Harry Mallgrave examines architectural discourse within its social and political context. He explores the philosophical and conceptual evolution of its ideas, discusses the relation of theory to the practice of building, and, most importantly, considers the words of the architects themselves, as they contentiously shaped Western architecture. He also examines the compelling currents of French rationalist and British empiricist thought, radical reformation of the theory during the Enlightenment, the intellectual ambitions and historicist debates of the nineteenth century, and the distinctive varieties of modern theory in the twentieth century up to the profound social upheaval of the 1960s. Modern Architectural Theory challenges many assumptions about architectural modernism and uncovers many new dimensions of the debates about modernism.

    • First book to provide a comprehensive survey of modern architectural theory
    • Challenges many assumptions about architectural modernism and uncovers new dimensions of current debates
    • Explores the intellectual origins of modern architectural theory
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    'Mallgrave's book will achieve preeminence … for assembling an immense amount of architectural material and summarizing it in a highly readable, critical, and at times compelling fashion.' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521130486
    • length: 522 pages
    • dimensions: 280 x 216 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.7kg
    • contains: 115 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Prelude
    2. The enlightenment and neoclassical theory
    3. British theory in the eighteenth century
    4. Neoclassicism and historicism
    5. The rise of German theory
    6. Competing directions at midcentury
    7. Historicism in the United States
    8. The arts and crafts movement
    9. Excursus on a few of the conceptual foundations of twentieth-century German modernism
    10. Modernism 1889–1914
    11. European modernism 1917–1933
    12. American modernism 1917–1934
    13. Depression, war, and aftermath 1934–1958
    14. Challenges to modernism in Europe 1959–1967
    15. Challenges to modernism in America

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Art of Western Civ ll (Architecture)
    • History and Theory ll: 18th-19th centuries
    • History of Architectural Ideas ll: 1870-2010
    • Modern Architecture
    • The Meaning of Architecture
    • Urbanism
    • What is Architecture: Philosophy, History, Theory
  • Author

    Harry Francis Mallgrave
    Harry Mallgrave is Associate Professor of History and Theory at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. His 1996 book Gottfried Semper: Architect of the Nineteenth Century was awarded the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award by the Society of Architectural Historians.

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