Mechanization Takes Command

Mechanization Takes Command : A Contribution to Anonymous History

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First published in 1948, Mechanization Takes Command is an examination of mechanization and its effects on everyday life. A monumental figure in the field of architectural history, Sigfried Giedion traces the evolution and resulting philosophical implications of such disparate innovations as the slaughterhouse, the Yale lock, the assembly line, tractors, ovens, and "comfort" as defined by advancements in furniture design. A groundbreaking text when originally published, Giedion's pioneering work remains an important contribution to architecture, philosophy, and technology more

Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 176 x 254 x 50mm | 1,559.98g
  • University of Minnesota Press
  • Minnesota, United States
  • English
  • 524 black and white illustrations
  • 081669043X
  • 9780816690435
  • 356,040

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"Giedion reveled in the splendor of such humble things, the stuff of ordinary life. He studied them lovingly and sought to convey to his readers a sense of their inner beauty, mystery, and wonder." --Technology and Cultureshow more

About Sigfried Giedion

Sigfried Giedion (1888-1968) taught at the Federal Institute of Technology and was Mellon Lecturer at the Washington National Gallery and the Charles Elliot Norton Lecturer at Harvard University. His other works include Space, Time, and Architecture and The Eternal more

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