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    Modernity and the Classical Tradition: Architectural Essays, 1980-87 (Paperback) By (author) Alan Colquhoun


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    DescriptionSince 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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    Modernity and the Classical Tradition
    Architectural Essays, 1980-87
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alan Colquhoun
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9780262531016
    ISBN 10: 0262531011

    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPN
    BISAC V2.8: ARC005000
    BIC subject category V2: AMA
    DC21: 724
    Thema V1.0: AMA
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    06 September 1991
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Review quote
    "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.