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German Architectural Theory and the Search for Modern Identity

German Architectural Theory and the Search for Modern Identity

  • Date Published: October 1995
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 1999
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521481502

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  • This book presents for the first time in English an overview of the theoretical debates on architecture in nineteenth-century Austria and Germany. Drawing on a vast number of writings by architects, historians, philosophers and critics, Mitchell Schwarzer offers an exhaustive history of the principal debates on style, industry, nationalism, iron technology, and artistic expression, all of which inform modern architecture. He argues that the history of architecture in the modern era cannot be explained according to the simple evolution or progression of structural, functional, or artistic forces. Rather, he establishes modernity as a series of debates on the parameters of architectural knowledge itself and the identity of the architectural profession in a rapidly industrialising world. Describing theory through its conflicts and unresolved questions, Schwarzer uncovers the complex nature of modern pluralism, one that is still relevant in the late twentieth century.

    • Breaks new ground in establishing the principal themes of nineteenth-century architectural theory as they relate to modern architecture
    • Introduces important German architectural theorists in English for the first time
    • Demonstrates importance of nineteenth-century architectural theory for issues of modern identity, including respective roles of individual, industrialist, and state
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    ' … the book in its encyclopaedic scope is a considerable addition in the English language to this area of German cultural history.' Journal of Design History

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    • Date Published: October 1995
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521481502
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.706kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 1999
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Style as a cultural system
    2. The industry of tradition
    3. Nationalism and its world horizon
    4. Freedom and tectonics
    5. Unity and schism at the turn of the century
    Conclusion.

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    Mitchell Schwarzer, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco

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