Modern Architecture, Paperback

Modern Architecture Paperback

Part of the Oxford History of Art series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This new account of international modernism explores the complex motivations behind this revolutionary movement and assesses its triumphs and failures.

The work of the main architects of the movement such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe is re-examined shedding new light on their roles as acknowledged masters.

Alan Colquhoun explores the evolution of the movement fron Art Nouveau in the 1890s to the megastructures of the 1960s, revealing the often contradictory demands of form, function, social engagement, modernity and tradition.




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Filled with insightful and trenchant analysis. Two shortcomings: the post-WWII era is woefully underrepresented (with almost no discussion of postmodernism), as is the non-Western dimension of modernism. However, it's much clearer and more concise for an introductory text than, say, Frampton's Modern Architecture, or William Curtis' Modern Architecture since 1900.

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