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A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture: 1960-2010

1960, following because it did the final CIAM assembly, signalled a turning element for the fashionable circulate. From then on, structure was once encouraged by means of seminal texts by way of Aldo Rossi and Robert Venturi, and gave upward push to the 1st revisionary flow following Modernism. Bringing jointly prime specialists within the box, this ebook presents a entire, serious review of the advancements in structure from 1960 to 2010. It involves components: the 1st part delivering a presentation of significant routine in structure after 1960, and the second one, a geographic survey that covers quite a lot of territories around the globe. This publication not just displays the several views of its quite a few authors, but in addition charts a center path among the 'aesthetic' histories that learn structure exclusively by way of its formal points, and the extra 'ideological' histories that topic it to a critique that frequently skirts the dialogue of its formal points.

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For others, it confirms our presence in a genuinely Post-Modern condition, which had been previously misrepresented as a return to historicism and neo-classicism. The final judgment will remain suspended on this issue, as the writing of a history-in-progress remains a “temporary” construction, an incomplete and precarious project, subject to the ever-evolving conditions of the present. introduction Notes 1 Manfredo Tafuri, “The Historical Project”, Introduction to The Sphere and the Labyrinth, MIT Press, 1990.

Despite critiquing Jaoul Houses (1954–56) for irrationality and other flaws similar to Ronchamp, Jaoul served as a model for Stirling and Gowan’s Ham Common (1955–58). 40 Reyner Banham, “Casa del Girasole: Rationalism and Eclecticism in Italian Architecture,” The Architectural Review 113 (Feb. 1953), 77. 41 Robin Boyd, “The Functional Neurosis,” The Architectural Review 119 (Feb. 1956), 85. 42 Boyd, ibid. ,” 181. See also Harwell Hamilton Harris’s 1954 essay “Regionalism and Nationalism,” which can be found in Harry Francis Mallgrave’s Architectural Theory, vol.

1946), reprinted in Architecture Culture, 77. 27 Robert Woods Kennedy, “Form, Function and Expression,” Journal of the American Institute of Architects 14 (Nov. 1950), 198–204. Paul Zucker, “The Paradox of Architectural Theories at the Beginning of the Modern Movement,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 10 (Oct. 1951), 8. Lewis Mumford, “Function and Expression in Architecture,” Architectural Record 110 (Nov. 1951), 108. Edward R. De Zurko, Origins of Functionalist Theory (New York: Columbia University Press, 1957).

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