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The History of Postmodern Architecture Hardcover – April 13, 1988


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In response to Mies van der Rohe's famous dictum that "less is more," Robert Venturi said "less is a bore," implying that the pure, unembellished architectural style in the modernist tradition of Mies, Gropius, Le Corbusier et al. had reached a dead end. The decisive turn from modernism to postmodernism, notes the author of this provocative survey, occurred around 1960 as architects were again designing buildings that expressed meaning as well as function. Klotz, director of the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt, first traces the progress of modernism from the 1920s to 1960. He then discusses in depth the works of Venturi, Charles Moore, James Stirling, Aldo Rossi, Hans Hollein and many other postmodernists. Central to his thesis is the idea that postmodern architecture has a fictional contentunlike modern architecture, it refers to events outside itself. Illustrations.
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Renowned architectural historian Klotz, director of the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt, has produced an important book. Other surveys of postmodern architecturee.g., Charles Jencks's Language of Post-Modern Architecture (Rizzoli, 1984; 4th ed.) and Paolo Portoghesi's Postmodern ( LJ 5/15/84)lack the serious, scholarly historical viewpoint that Klotz elaborates here. Klotz avoids both polemic and bias in his thoughtfulat times too thoughtfulaccount of major trends in America and Europe in the past 20 years. Unfortunately, his work suffers from a tendency to go for depth and density over clarity and ease of expression, lifting it beyond the ken of the general public. Peter Kaufman, Suffolk Community Coll., Selden, N.Y.
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  • Hardcover: 478 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (April 13, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262111233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262111232
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elie G. Haddad on January 26, 2007
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Klotz's work offers definitely a better survey of Postmodernism than Jencks' multiple texts and revisions on the subject. Klotz's scholarly work also shows the continuities rather than the radical break between Postmodernism and Modernism. How else can we explain Aalto's later works, Corbusier's Ronchamp, and the work of BBPR in Italy? The critical revisions of dogmatic modernism were already in the air around 1950, and many architects can hardly be labelled in one camp or another.
This is what makes this history book still worth reading today. It is rich in details and theoretical insights into the developments of architecture in the Twentieth century.
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