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Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II: From Le Corbusier to Rem Koolhaas (New York Review Collections) Hardcover – August 20, 2013

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"In this superb follow-up to his first volume of essays on modern building’s pioneers and major designers, architecture critic Filler brings his expertise to bear on architects who have been neglected (Carlo Scarpa), those who have fallen out of critical favor (Edward Durell Stone), and others whose standing has been debated (Eero Saarinen), while deftly evaluating the work of contemporaries such as Bernard Tschumi and Snøhetta…. A highlight of the collection is Filler’s deeply moving essay in support of Michael Arad’s National September 11 Memorial—an unforgettable piece of writing that cuts through the media babel that surrounded the memorial’s unveiling….his contribution to both architecture criticism and general readers’ understanding is invaluable." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Filler writes amazing descriptions of buildings with an ability to maneuver through space with words like a very good perspective drawing: clear, articulate, and very often inspired…Filler’s discussions on the method and orchestration of buildings are superb, as is his ability to cite sources and the derivation of architects’ work….This brand of criticism is elegant and worldly….” —Oculus, The Center for Architecture

Praise for Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume I:
 
  “Filler’s assessments in The New York Review stand apart, eschewing fashion and offering polished, carefully edited and backed-up, though highly personal, assertions.... Filler’s razor-sharp mind and sharper tongue set him apart. We gobble up what he thinks, as well as how he serves it up.” —Robert Ivy, Architectural Record
 
“Martin Filler’s book is liberating.... For those seeking a brilliant if potted guide to modern architecture, Filler fits the bill. His book bristles with bracing insights, incisive judgments, and wicked lines.” —Robert Zaretsky, Houston Chronicle
 
“Martin Filler’s writing demonstrates his lucidity and independence of mind.... Filler is an elegant writer, clearly committed to thinking about his subjects, and working hard to engage his audience. He seeks to place architecture in a wider cultural context rather than leave it trapped in the self-regarding discourse of criticism. He is not afraid to express his opinions.” —Deyan Sudjic, The Architect’s Newspaper

About the Author

Martin Filler was the longtime architecture critic of House & Garden until it ceased publication in 2007. He is the co-author, with Olivier Boissière, of The Vitra Design Museum: Frank Gehry, Architect, and the author of Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume I, based on essays from The New York Review of Books. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Product Details

  • Series: New York Review Collections
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New York Review Books (August 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159017688X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590176887
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Fagan on March 6, 2014
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Very nice prose in this book. I think the author has a tendency to dwell on the personal and particularly romantic lives of his subjects at time; for example, describing Buckminster Fuller's wife of 56 years as "long suffering" but offers no evidence of her or the couple's problems, whatever they might have been. Failing to integrate the personal with the professional reduces such content to gossip.

I've not yet finished the book but have finished the chapter on Buckminster Fuller. The author repeats the common mistake of assigning the invention of the geodesic dome to Fuller. It was, in fact, designed in 1926 by Walter Bauersfeld, in Germany. 20 years later, Fuller coined the term "geodesic" to describe the type of dome that Bauersfeld had designed and built. Fuller gave the dome its name and popularized it, but the credit for its invention goes to Bauersfeld.

The author finds Fuller's popularity as a lecturer puzzling. I saw one of Fuller's last lectures, in Boston in June 1983. (He died two weeks later). At the age of 87, with his beloved wife dying of cancer, he was funny, engaging, irreverent, sharp and cantankerous. He asked the Harvard professors in the audience if they had ever seen the sunrise and sunset. Walking into the trap, they raised their hands in affirmation. "The sun doesn't rise or set, you idiots! The earth does! You are doing your students a disservice with this talk of sunrise and sunset." (not a word for word quote, but what I remember after nearly 31 years...) He then looked at his watch, exclaimed, "My time is up - thank you" - and left the stage. The last thing I remember is a Harvard professor who commandeered the microphone to offer up a lame defense of the school's science education.
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By mark lawler on November 27, 2013
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informative with little known background information provided about some of the Architects included.
Sometimes the politics of the projects takes up more space than the critique of the Architect and the project.
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