Labour, Work and Architecture

Labour, Work and Architecture : Collected Essays on Architecture and Design

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This anthology of writings by the architectural critic Kenneth Frampton brings together his most influential essays from the last 35 years. The essays focus on twentieth-century architecture, dealing with diverse themes and movements, built works and the architects responsible for these buildings. The writings are presented in clear chronological order within three sections - Theory, History, and Criticism - which together serve to identify modern architecture in its broader cultural and historical context. The compilation assimilates early critical reviews from the 1960s and 70s analysing contemporary buildings, as well as lengthier pieces covering architecture and the ideological circumstances in which buildings are produced. As a collection, Labour, Work and Architecture is an essential document in the historiography of twentieth-century architecture, composed by a highly respected and readable scholar committed to the nuanced understanding and real improvement of our built more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 38.1mm | 1,270.05g
  • Phaidon Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • w. 110 b&w ill. and 60 line drawings.
  • 0714840807
  • 9780714840802
  • 676,470

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"For his entire career Mr Frampton has looked beneath the aesthetic surface of buildings in search of deeper meanings..."-Paul Goldberger, The New York Timesshow more

Table of contents

Prelims; Kenneth Frampton Introduction: The Predicament of Architecture at the Turn of the Century; Essays with section introductions by Frampton Theory; Apropos Ulm: Curriculum and Critical Theory; The Volvo Case; Labour, Work and Architecture: The Status of Man and the Status of His Objects; Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance; Rappel a l'Ordre: The Case for the Tectonic; History; The Humanist versus the Utilitarian Ideal; The Work and Influence of El Lissitsky; The Maison de Verre as Bachelor Machine; Team 10: The Vicissitudes of Ideology; Constructivism: The Pursuit of an Elusive Sensibility; Louis Kahn and the French Connection; In Spite of Void: The Otherness of Adolf Loos; The Other Le Corbusier: Primitive Form and the Linear City 1929-52; The Usonian Legacy; The Legacy of Alvar Aalto: Evolution and Influence; Criticism; Leicester University Engineering Laboratory; Genesis of the Philarmonie; A House of Ivy League Values; Moneo's Paseo: The Bankinter, Madrid; The Structural Regionalism of Herman Hertzberger; Alvaro Siza: At the Still Point of the Turning World; The Synthesis of Opposites: The Work of Tadao Ando; In the Name of the Father; Minimal Moralia: Reflections on Recent Swiss German Production; Footnotes; Biography and Selected Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgementsshow more

About Kenneth Frampton

Kenneth Frampton is an internationally respected architectural critic who holds the Ware Professorship in Architecture at Columbia University, New York. He lectures extensively in the US and Europe, and has also written, edited and contributed to numerous publications on contemporary architecture. He is the author of Modern Architecture: A Critical History, Studies in Tectonic Culture and Alvaro Siza (Phaidon, 2000).show more

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"For his entire career Mr Frampton has looked beneath the aesthetic surface of buildings in search of deeper meanings..."—Paul Goldberger, The New York Timesshow more

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