Modernity and the Classical Tradition: Architectural Essays, 1980-87

Modernity and the Classical Tradition: Architectural Essays, 1980-87


By (author) Alan Colquhoun

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Paperback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 251mm x 20mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 6 September 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0262531011
  • ISBN 13: 9780262531016
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 123

Product description

Since the early 1960s, the rigor and conceptual clarity of Alan Colquhoun's criticism and theory have consistently stimulated debate and have served as an impetus for the pursuit of new directions in both theory and practice. This collection of essays displays Colquhoun's concern with developing, a coherent discourse for the rampant pluralism that dominates architecture. Alan Colquhoun is a practicing architect and his previous collection of essays received the 1985 Architectural Critics Award.

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"The serious and deeply engaged thinking of one of our best contemporary critics of architecture.... Colquhoun's rigorous but open-minded essays represent a desire to "conserve through criticism" what is still vital in the traditions of Modernism and Classicism. They reflect their author's articulate passion for an ongoing culture and practice of architecture."--Joan Ockman, Progressive Architecture

Table of contents

Part 1 Historicism and the burden of the classical: three kinds of historicism; vernacular classicism; composition versus the project; rationalism - a philosophical concept in architecture. Part 2 Traditions and displacements - three studies of Le Corbusier: architecture and engineering; Le Corbusier and the paradox of reason; the strategies of the grands travaux; the significance of Le Corbusier. Part 3 Pre-texts: a way of looking at the present situation; classicism and ideology; regionalism and technology; "newness" and "age value" in Alois Riegl; 20th-century concepts of urban space; postmodern critical attitudes; postmodernism and structuralism - a retrospective glance.