20th Century Architecture

20th Century Architecture

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For undergraduate courses in the History of Twentieth Century Architecture, History of Modern Architecture, History of Twentieth Century Art and Architecture, as well as courses in Material Culture Studies.

This introductory historical survey reviews a variety of 20th century design movements provoked by the modern architectural movement, and exposes students to a broad spectrum of styles-including art deco, organic, state classicism, and traditional architecture-and their relationship to social, cultural, and political life of the period. Taking into account recent scholarship and critical debates, it helps students understand the implications of colonial and post-colonial themes in 20th century architecture; gender issues in 20th century architecture; and current discussions among architectural and art historians concerning the role of "canons" in the history of 20th century art and architecture. Engaging students in the lively and on-going debate of how 20th century designers, architects, and engineers conceptualized, fabricated, and evaluated their buildings and environments, the book treats architecture as a broad field of activity in which different conceptions of the built environment coexist and their respective merits are continually debated by designers, patrons, and the general public. Organized into three major periods, it presents a concise yet very ample survey of 20th century architecture that is flexible enough to meet today's diverse course and assignment needs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 200.66 x 251.46 x 17.78mm | 816.46g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 013021275X
  • 9780130212757

Table of contents


1. The Modern City.

Responses to the Modern City. The Emergence of the Modern Movement. Housing. Pieces of the City. Women in Architecture. Cultural Institutions. The International Style. Cinema Architecture. Rockefeller Center and the General Motors.

2. The House.

The Arts and Crafts Movement and the Prairie School. European Developments. Classicism. Modernism. American Developments. Industrialization and the Home.

3. The Architecture of Transportation and Industry.

Railroad Stations. Urban Mass Transit Systems. Automobile Service Stations. Factory Architecture. The German Experience. Bridges.

4. Architecture and Politics.

Scandinavia and the Netherlands. The "Architecture of Empire." The Soviet Union. Fascist Italy. The Third Reich. The United States.


5. The Triumph of Modernism.

The Industrialization of Design. New Directions. Rebuilding. Reconfiguring Capitals. Reconceptualizing the City. Housing. Skyscrapers. Strategies of Display.

6. Trends in Postwar Architecture.

Domestic Architecture. Campus Architecture. Museum Architecture. Religious Architecture. "The Style for the Job."


7. Postmodernism, Deconstructivism, and Tradition.

Renewing Modernism from Within: Housing. Silence and Light: Louis Kahn. Postmodernism. Deconstructivism. The Return of Classicism. Challenge and Adaptation. Organic Form and Craft Building.

8. Reconfiguring the City.

London. Paris. Berlin. Frankfurt am Main. Barcelona. Traditional Architecture and the Reconstruction of the European City. The New Urbanism in the United States.

9. The Present as History.
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About Dennis Doordan

Dennis P. Doordan is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is the author of Building Modern Italy: Italian Architecture, 1914-1936 (Princeton Architectural Press, 1988), as well as numerous articles. He is the editor of Design History: An Anthology (MIT Press, 1996) and coeditor of Design Issues, a leading international journal devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of design.
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