Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History

Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History


By (author) Sigfried Giedion

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  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Format: Paperback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 254mm x 50mm | 1,560g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Minnesota
  • ISBN 10: 081669043X
  • ISBN 13: 9780816690435
  • Illustrations note: 524 black and white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 273,678

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First published in 1948, "Mechanization Takes Command" is an examination of mechanization and its effects on everyday life. A monumental figure in the field of architectural history, Sigfried Giedion traces the evolution and resulting philosophical implications of such disparate innovations as the slaughterhouse, the Yale lock, the assembly line, tractors, ovens, and comfort as defined by advancements in furniture design. A groundbreaking text when originally published, Giedion s pioneering work remains an important contribution to architecture, philosophy, and technology studies. "

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Sigfried Giedion (1888 1968) taught at the Federal Institute of Technology and was Mellon Lecturer at the Washington National Gallery and the Charles Elliot Norton Lecturer at Harvard University. His other works include "Space, Time, and Architecture" and "The Eternal Present." "

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"Giedion reveled in the splendor of such humble things, the stuff of ordinary life. He studied them lovingly and sought to convey to his readers a sense of their inner beauty, mystery, and wonder." "Technology and Culture" "