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Modern architecture : representation & reality /
Neil Levine.
imprint
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2009.
description
x, 364 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0300145675 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780300145670 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2009.
isbn
0300145675 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780300145670 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Castle Howard and the subject matter of history -- The appearance of truth and the truth of appearance in Laugier's primitive hut -- From imitation to abstraction in the neoclassicism of Boullée, Soane, and Schinkel -- Pugin, Labrouste, and the new realism of decorated construction -- Essays in the erosion of representation by Viollet-Le-Duc and Louis Sullivan -- Representation without history in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright -- The reemergence of representation out of abstraction in Mies van der Rohe -- The aesthetic of the unfinished and the example of Louis Kahn.
catalogue key
7121293
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-11-01:
Commencing with Emil Kaufmann's Von Ledoux bis Le Corbusier (From Ledoux to Le Corbusier) in 1933, the history of modern architecture has been perpetuated by scholars as a history of abstraction interrupted by the historicist preoccupations of the 19th century. In this extraordinary revisionist study, Levine (Harvard) proposes a new way of thinking about modern architecture as a continuous historical development based not on style but on the question of representation in architecture (with representation understood not as symbol but as "the form and structure of rhetoric rather than its outward effects"). Using eight case studies focused on specific works by Vanbrugh, Hawksmoor, Laugier, Boullee, Soane, Schinkel, Pugin, Labrouste, Viollet-le-Duc, Sullivan, Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Louis Kahn, Levine brings to his subject a close reading of historical texts, buildings, and images of buildings; judiciously selected pairings (such as Pugin and Labrouste); a remarkable linguistic precision; and uncanny insights into the thought processes of the architects of modernism. If modernism has been simplified over 75 years, Levine reveals its true complexities in a book that challenges, fascinates, and rewards. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-level undergraduates and above. J. Quinan University at Buffalo, SUNY
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In this work, esteemed architectural historian Neil Levine investigates the complex history of representation from the 18th to the 20th century. Using the lens of a continuous theoretical argument, Levine provides a detailed survey and critical analysis of major works by a host of modern architects.
Main Description
In this handsome book, esteemed architectural historian Neil Levine investigates for the first time the complex history of representationthe use and meaning of architectural signifiersfrom the 18th through the 20th century. Using the lens of a continuous theoretical argument, Levine provides a detailed survey and critical analysis of major works by a host of modern architects, including Etienne-Louis Boullee, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Louis Kahn, Henri Labrouste, Augustus Welby Pugin, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, John Soane, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Levine posits that all modern architects, much like visual artists, have had to grapple with issues of representation in their work. Interweaving influential examples from outside the scope of modern architecture, Levine traces the history of representation in architecture, and in writings on architecture, both within each architect's oeuvre and throughout the centuries discussed. The book features previously unpublished images, many created for this publication, and it addresses a variety of specific cases while offering an original and panoramic view of the history of architecture. Beautifully written and accessible, Modern Architecture is destined to become a classic.
Main Description
In this handsome book, esteemed architectural historian Neil Levine investigates for the first time the complex history of representationthe use and meaning of architectural signifiersfrom the 18th through the 20th century. Using the lens of a continuous theoretical argument, Levine provides a detailed survey and critical analysis of major works by a host of modern architects, including Etienne-Louis Boullee, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Louis Kahn, Henri Labrouste, Augustus Welby Pugin, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, John Soane, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Levine posits that all modern architects, much like visual artists, have had to grapple with issues of representation in their work. Interweaving influential examples from outside the scope of modern architecture, Levine traces the history of representation in architecture, and in writings on architecture, both within each architect's oeuvre and throughout the centuries discussed. The book features previously unpublished images, many created for this publication, and it addresses a variety of specific cases while offering an original and panoramic view of the history of architecture. Beautifully written and accessible,Modern Architectureis destined to become a classic.

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