Modern Architecture

Modern Architecture

By (author) Alan Colquhoun


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This new account of international modernism explores the complex motivations behind this revolutionary movement and assesses its triumphs and failures. The work of the main architects of the movement such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe is re-examined shedding new light on their roles as acknowledged masters. Alan Colquhoun explores the evolution of the movement fron Art Nouveau in the 1890s to the megastructures of the 1960s, revealing the often contradictory demands of form, function, social engagement, modernity and tradition.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 170.18 x 246.38 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • 18 Jul 2002
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • numerous colour; halftones; and line drawings
  • 0192842269
  • 9780192842268
  • 36,439

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Author Information

Alan Colquhoun was born in 1921, and studied architecture in Edinburgh and London. He was in partnership with J. H. Miller from 1961 until 1988. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture at Princeton University. His other publications include 'Essays in Architecture: Modern Architecture and Historical Change' and 'Modernity and the Classical Tradition: Architectural Essays 1980-1987'.

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The elegance of Colquhoun's writing, reinforced witha full apparatus of notes and bibliography and supported by well-chosen illustrations, makes the book something of a bargain. Building Design

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