The Future of Architecture Since 1889
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The Future of Architecture Since 1889

By (author) Jean-Louis Cohen , Translated by Nicholas Elliott

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The Future of Architecture Since 1889 is the definitive history of this extraordinary period. Author Jean-Louis Cohen, one of the world's leading architectural historians, has written a wide-ranging and compelling account of the developments that have shaped the world we live in today.Covering the entire twentieth century and beyond, from the Paris Universal Explosition of 1889 to the early twenty-first century's globalized architecture culture, this book contains not only hundreds of drawings and photographs, but also publications, portraits, diagrams, film stills and more, placing the radical developments in architecture in this period in a larger context, which includes art, technology, urbanism and critical theory. Global in scope, both comprehensive and incisive, The Future of Architecture Since 1889 is sure to become a canonical text.

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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 216 x 278 x 38mm | 1,900.54g
  • 28 Mar 2012
  • Phaidon Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 300 colour, 300 black and white
  • 0714845981
  • 9780714845982
  • 110,126

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Jean-Louis Cohen is one of the most authoritative historians of twentieth-century architecture and urbanism. He is the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU University. An articulate writer, popular lecturer, commentator for the French media, and leader of research teams, Cohen has received many honors and is the author of numerous books and articles about nearly every aspect of how modernization has affected the built environment.

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'the work of the intelligent and erudite Jean-Louis Cohen ... Cohen also weaves a richer fabric than earlier historians. His book engages with politics and events, and does not shirk the horrors of the century. ... It is visually rich (there must have been some heroic image research), including appropriate magazine covers and promotional posters, as well as the usual photographs and drawings of buildings. It deserves, in short, to be the standard work on the subject from now on.' The Observer 'Cohen shows flashes of brilliance in exploring how architectural ideas adapt and travel ... Part of Jean-Louis Cohen's strength as a thinker is the way he traces the transfer of architectural ideas rather than simple aesthetics. ... the best architectural historian writing today. Woven through this grander text on the avant-garde in architecture are fascinating smaller narratives. ... Cohen is most adept at explaining how architectural ideas are conceived through buildings. He is strong too, in a way that most academics are not, on the process of construction- while still reconciling this industrial process to the way in which a drawing style can convey a desired atmosphere in a future building. ... using different visual material, drawings, sketches and the like does give one a sense of the transfer of information rather than the endless repetition of architectural spectacle that such books can turn into.' Icon 'The Future of Architecture is the best comprehensive history of modernism to appear in a generation.' The New York Review of Books 'A comprehensive, cross-cultural history of the modern building...' ELLE Decor 'Few architectural historians are as lucid and insightful as Jean-Louis Cohen, and this magisterial survey distills his encyclopedic knowledge of the highways and byways of modernism...This is a must-have for architects, students, and anyone who cares about the environment.' Form

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