- Hardcover: 140 pages
- Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers (August 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897335228
- ISBN-13: 978-0897335225
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,100,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bauhaus Ideal Then And Now: An Illustrated Guide to Modern Design Hardcover – August 30, 2005
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Smock energetically examines the legacy of the Bauhaus, a post-World War II German school of design founded by Walter Gropius to replace Victorian-era design with machine-age style. Citing embodiments of the famous dictums "form follows function," "truth to materials," and the linking commandment "less is more," Smock analyzes visual efficiency and modernism's appeal to reason, especially in architecture. He posits, however, that modern art stopped looking new in the 1970s, when architects sought more personal and fanciful forms of expression, becoming more showbiz in their orientation than aesthetic in their fusing of high and low culture. Smock concedes that the excesses of modernism include dogmatic solemnity, but he finds designers who rebound to be "flashy and ephemeral," and argues that their mannerist decor exerts its own tyranny. Highly politicized (Smock asserts that Reagan's 1982 election helped kill the dream of visual language), amply illustrated with pencil sketches, and featuring a detailed annotated bibliography, Smock's short and lively book is long on controversy and ideas. Whitney Scott
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It is about design and chaos? The author aptly points out inconsistancy between what a designer/architect says and does. It is a catalyst for thought, and well written.
I would take issue about the building industry and what might currently be going on for the market prior to the recession.
I the USA there is an exploration of more efficient building, and application of new technologies regarding the "greening" of America. Even timberframe homes are being laid out and cut by computer. But it is a trueism that the public does not often agree with the concepts advocated by architects and designers.
A good read!