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Architecture in the Twentieth Century Paperback – November 15, 2001

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'Architects in the twentieth Century.....is a bible for building buffs' Elle Decoration, London

About the Author

Peter Gossel runs a practice for the design of museums and exhibitions. He is the editor of TASCHEN's monographs on Julius Shulman, R. M. Schindler, John Lautner and Richard Neutra, as well as the editor of Basic Architecture series. Gabriele Leuthauser worked as a scholarly associate at Centrum Industriekultur Nurnberg until 1984. Since then she has established herself as a freelance consultant for exhibitions, museums, and industrial enterprises. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822811629
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822811627
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As a layman in the area of architecture this book served as an excellent survey of the development of architecture over the last 100 years. The book explained the material in-depth without overwhelming those of us who did not revive a formal education in architecture. For example, the explanation of the gulf that existed between architects and engineers made the development of structures all the more riveting. History, and its effect on architecture is explained in great detail, from the need for housing in post-war Europe to the excesses of Art Deco in pre-crash America. The development of architecture in both Europe and North America is detailed and explained. A detailed view of Frank Lloyd Wright's presented in all its glory. The structures detailed in this book include: skyscrapers, apartment buildings, factory complexes, greenhouses, and single-family residences. All of these structures are illustrated with large photographs as well as detailed drawings. Another notable feature of this book is the explanatory notes included with each photograph. These notes allow the reader to thumb through the book without having to read all of the text to understand the importance of the structures depicted in the photographs. The book ends with 30 pages of biographies of the influential architects of the past 100 years. This allows the reader to begin to comprehend the time and effort these great men devoted to their craft. This book would serve well as either, a coffee-table book or a reference book for those readers seeking to expand their knowledge of this area. I would recommend this book for either purpose.
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The 1784--1916 part sums up 18th century highlights--focusing on geometry--and concentrates on high-rises of the Chicago School and iron and glass pavilions of Europe. The 1892-1925 part depicts the pre-Modernism directions: Nieuwe Kunst, Stile Liberty, Jugendstil, and Art Nouveau. Following three more parts present Modernism and Post-Modernism. A concise compendium of architect biographies ends the volume. Along with great 450 photographs and 150 drawings, Gössel and Leuthäuser provide an array of information and professional analysis in a concise, but fully adequate text.
CONTENTS:
* 1784--1916
10 Prologue
16 Of Iron Giants and Glass Virgins
32 The Chicago School
* 1892--1925
42 L'Entree du Siècle
66 In the Far Landscape
78 Circle and Square
90 The Modern Factory
104 Creative in Concrete
* 1912--1939
118 The Return of Art
136 Volumetric Experiments
152 Housing Estates
164 Machines for Living In
174 The International Style
204 The New Deal
* 1944--1971
216 Case Studies
224 Less is More
238 Stonebound
248 The Flying Roof
256 Concrete Containers
* 1956--1990
270 Learning from Las Vegas
280 The Whites
292 Work on Modernism
306 The Rational South
318 Open Structures
338 The Post-Modern City
350 Bellevue
358 Concrete Poems
372 Architecture for the Arts
* 393 Biographies
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These two books (608 pages in total) are a reprint of the 1991 edition (ISBN 3822805505) which was a book of coffee-table proportions. Nicely though, they have been updated to include architecture up to 2004.

The format is basically visual with long captions explaining various themes and I thought the coverage was rather impressive, for instance, there is a chapter called 'Bubbles' dealing with the work of Buckminster Fuller, Bruce Goff, John Lautner, Roger Dean and Staffan Berglund. Most of the photos in the second book, from the forties onwards, are in color and many buildings have their relevant floor plans too. The design and production is excellent, as one would expect from Taschen.

The books could possibly be criticised for basically seeing a history of modern architecture from a European and North American perspective but I feel that these two books are to be considered in introduction to the subject and at the price quite a bargain. The ideal present for an architectural student or anyone who is just curious about why great modern buildings look the way they do.
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I enjoy architecture, but am not a student of architecture. To my taste, volume one of this book was uninteresting - all the buildings shown were just blocks. I guess that was the style during that time period. But volume two - nearly all the pictures were a pleasure to see. Many very good-looking buildings, very representative of the time period, I'd never seen before. I watch for books on architecture, and this book has more interesting pictures, of more different interesting buildings, than any other architecture book I've seen.
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