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American Architecture - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0500203736

Cover of American Architecture 2ND 04 (ISBN 978-0500203736)
ISBN13: 978-0500203736
ISBN10: 0500203733

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Published: 2004
International: No

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American Architecture - 2ND 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0500203736

David Handlin

ISBN13: 978-0500203736
ISBN10: 0500203733

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

America has always presented a unique challenge to architects: should they emulate the Old World or respond to the demands of the New?David Handlin tells the complex story with lucidity and insight. Almost from its seventeenth-century beginnings, American architecture was subject to two apparently contradictory processes--the practical and the grandiose. The first comes through in the vernacular buildings of rural America, the innovations of Jefferson, Bulfinch's fine civic buildings, the offices and factories of the Industrial Age, and the comfortable domestic tradition that lies behind the houses of the Greene Brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright. The second is seen in the unprecedented daring of the Chicago School--great engineers like Adler united with great designers like Sullivan; in the majestic state capitols, exhibition halls, and public buildings by firms such as McKim, Mead & White; in the luxury of Fifth Avenue mansions; and in the exuberance of commercial Manhattan. The revised edition ends with a lively account of recent developments--virtual architecture, the revival of historical styles (including modernism), the thirst for striking originality, and a new interest in the local, with figures including Stern, Meier, Gehry, and Mockbee.

Table of Contents

Introduction p. 7
The Unbuilt Spire: The Architecture of the American Colonies p. 9
Temples in Arcadia: The Architecture of the New Republic p. 39
Beauty and the Industrial Beast: Architecture for a Culture of Commerce p. 70
Toward New Types: Romanesque for an Industrial Society p. 100
The Cause Conservative: The Architecture of the American Renaissance p. 132
The Lost Momentum: The Architecture of the 1920s p. 167
The International Style and Beyond: The Architecture of the New Deal p. 197
From Less Is More to Less Is a Bore: The Architecture of Postwar America p. 232
Looking Backward and Forward p. 268
Bibliography p. 291
Acknowledgments for Illustrations p. 297
Index p. 299
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