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Theories and Manifestoes of Contemporary Architecture Paperback – July 22, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0471976875 ISBN-10: 0471976873 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: academy editions
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Academy Press; 1 edition (July 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471976873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471976875
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a fascinating overview of how the outlook of architects has changed over the past half century." (Prospect Magazine, April 2006)

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This book presents over 120 of the key arguments of today's major architectural philosophers and gurus. These show that the Modern architecture of the early part of this century has mutated into three main traditions: a critical and ecological Post-Modernism; a High-Tech and sculptural Late Modernism, and deconstructive, subversive New Modernism. Here are the seminal texts of James Stirling, Robert Venturi, Colin Rowe, Christopher Alexander, Frank Gehry, Reyner Banham, Bernard Tschumi, Rem Koolhaas and many others who have changed the discourse of architecture. Here also are the anti-Modern texts of the traditionalists - Leon Krier, Demetri Porphyrios, Quinlan Terry, Prince Charles and others. Many of these texts are concise, edited versions of influential books. Highly informative and richly illustrated with over forty drawings and photographs.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jordi Safont-tria Oms on May 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
good collection of essays and ideas about the meaning of Architecture through different authors along the 20th century. It's not a dictionary nor gives the whole understanding of the overlaping of styles, but shows condensed points of view about various topics.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
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This little green book is like an encylopedia of contemporary famous architects' writings and is a good source for students or layman with not much architectural theory background.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Crawfod on February 8, 2008
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A complete and utter waste; the excerpts in this volume are so short - averaging a page and a half each - that they are completely useless. Please do not waste your money like I did. You can learn more about the authors and theories on Comedy Central than you can by reading the thirty second sound-bites in this waste of paper and ink
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By Scott Harrison on July 20, 2014
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Bought for intro to architecture class. Good insight, gives you and idea of who some of the best architects of our time are.
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16 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Waisberg on October 6, 1998
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This collection of texts by Mr. Jencks and Mr. Kropf is a post-modern piece of work: joining different ideas as they were equivalent. At the same time it looks like a way to inform about the theories and manifestoes, in fact, it is a reductive and destructive thing because the pieces of writing don't show the real ideas of the architects. The book gives the same importance to entire complex books, short comments about buildings, magazine interviews, etc. They are not equivalent, people should be more respectful with the work of the other ones, mainly when their work is to teach and to help understanding.
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