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Modern Architecture under Cultural Construction

Part of Contemporary Artists and their Critics

  • Date Published: August 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521447850


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  • Building-Art is an anthology of essays by noted critic Joseph Masheck. Considering topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture, its theory and practice, as well as selected achievements by such great modernists as Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Louis Kahn, Masheck also analyses important monuments and architectural ideas of such artists as Giorgio di Chirico and Tony Smith. Contextualising and culturally speculative, these studies address such issues as the distinction between architecture and 'mere' building, and architecture and engineering, frequently drawing the reader into architectural problems that have persisted for at least two centuries. Demonstrating a concern with on-going modernism, Masheck's essays guide the reader through the anti-modernist polemics of the 1970s and 1980s, which are particularly relevant in the light of postmodernism's demise.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521447850
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Sources [of previously published essays]
    1. Bentham's panopticon: an architectural perpetration
    2. Politics of style: Dublin pro-cathedral in the Greek revival
    3. An American utopian schoolhouse design
    4. Note on Sullivan and the use of beauty
    5. De Chirico's pathos of lost antiquity
    6. Text life of the living machine
    7. Reflections in onyx on Mies van der Rohe
    8. Ex Tenebras Lux: approaching the Ronchamp Wall of Light
    9. Kahn: the anxious classicist
    10. Crystalline form, Worringer and the minimalism of Tony Smith
    11. Form behind concept: the Bechers' imaging of industrial architecture
    12. Classical Sass: Notes on soft postmodernism
    13. Tired tropes: cathedral vs. bicycle shed
    'duck' vs. decorated shed

  • Author

    Joseph Masheck, Hofstra University, New York

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